Stuck on down-level PHP? Relax, Zend and AWS have your back

The excitement for PHP 7, the latest version of PHP that delivers such impressive performance gains, is contagious. PHP developers are publishing amazing results—from 3x faster code to a 2x reduction in memory usage. PHP conferences in 2016 are filling up with speakers who are sharing the latest results and showing how everyone can leverage their work.

Although the migration to PHP 7 is rolling out at an impressive rate, not everyone can join the party right away. Some applications are still running PHP 5.3 or 5.4 and can’t be moved for a variety of valid business reasons, such as application backlogs, staffing priorities, and product dependencies. And sometimes, an application is running a down-level version of PHP for the simple reason that no one noticed that the version is no longer supported by the community.

Zend long-term php support

If you are running PHP 5.3 or 5.4, your environment is no longer supported by the open source community. But you can still get support from Zend, through our Long Term Support (LTS) offerings. Zend Server 6.3 supports PHP 5.3 and will be available through Feburary, 2017. Zend Server 7 supports PHP 5.4 and will be available through December, 2020.

You can fast path an application onto Zend Server by leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides a complete, scalable compute environment for your PHP applications. Zend Server is easy to set up on AWS, and you can take advantage of the optimization work that Zend has done for AWS. Zend Server runs on a wide variety of Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that reflect the CPU, memory, and storage that your application requires. And with the cloud formation template from Zend, you can easily define a clustered environment that automatically scales up and down with your application’s workload.

To see how easy it is to get your LTS environment up and running on AWS, watch our recent webcast, “AWS 101 for PHP Developers.” And to learn how to build a Zend Server cluster on AWS, watch “From Zero to Cluster in 15 Minutes: Building Scalable PHP Apps with Zend and Amazon Web Services.”

With LTS from Zend, you have the lead time you need to appropriately plan for and deliver the migration or refactoring of your application to PHP 7 and beyond. And by running your LTS applications on AWS, you have the flexibility you need to adapt and grow with your user’s requirements.

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    Amy Anderson

    Amy Anderson is the director of business development at Rogue Wave Software. In this role, she is responsible for strategic alliances, including IBM, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. Amy worked on the AS/400 and later the iSeries for ten years, where she focused on database technology and business continuity. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota, where she enjoys triathlons, landscaping, and rehabbing her family’s mid-century cottage in northern Minnesota.

    About Amy Anderson

    Amy Anderson is the director of business development at Rogue Wave Software. In this role, she is responsible for strategic alliances, including IBM, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. Amy worked on the AS/400 and later the iSeries for ten years, where she focused on database technology and business continuity. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota, where she enjoys triathlons, landscaping, and rehabbing her family’s mid-century cottage in northern Minnesota.

    • Michael Maliepaard

      Thanks for the great article Amy. Any idea when Zend server 9 / PHP 7 will be available on Google Cloud? They only have ZS8.5/PHP5.6 at present.

      • Boaz Ziniman

        Hi Michael,

        Our Google images with Zend Server 9 are ready to go live and were submitted to Google. They should be published on Google Launcher any day now.

        Boaz.

        • Michael Maliepaard

          Thanks for the confirmation Boaz, that is awesome news! Apologies if this is an ignorant question, but will you have a similar template for managing a cluster
          environment on Google as you recently demonstrated for AWS?

          • Boaz Ziniman

            At this stage our Google image is for development only. When we will introduce production on Google (no ETA yet), we will support orchestration using Google tools which will have the same end result as on AWS.

            My I ask why did you pick Google over AWS (not that one is better than the other, just out of curiosity)?

            • Michael Maliepaard

              I have been tasked with migrating our ZF2 SaaS Web App to a scalable cloud platform, including developing a CI/CD strategy and am evaluating all Zend Server options at present. It certainly seems like AWS is the most mature Zend Server implementation but I like the Google pricing model better. Still early days, as we use Jira but are not on Zend Server yet, but will need this in place by the end of the year.

            • Boaz Ziniman

              Let’s talk. Ping me on email boaz.z (with the zend domain).