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.
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.