Open Source Zend Embraces the Cloud

Zend is boosting its cloud development efforts with a variety of new initiatives.

Yes, open source and the cloud are natural allies: Zend CEO Andi Gutmans discusses the open source firm's many moves to leverage cloud computing to increase the company's business opportunities.

The cloud offers enterprises a new approach to deliver applications and it also presents new challenges for developers aiming to build applications for the cloud. Zend, one of the lead commercial vendors behind the open source PHP language, is now accelerating its cloud development efforts with a number of new initiatives.

Zend has a new partnership with cloud computing vendor RightScale for testing and development of PHP applications. A new Zend Studio IDE and improvements to the Zend Framework for PHP application deployment also are in the works. The new efforts from Zend come as the company aims to grow PHP's share of application development in the cloud.

"Why is cloud interesting? I think beyond economics there are problems that enterprises have been trying to solve that have been around for a long time and there have been ways to solve the problems, but cloud gives them a new opportunity to solve them in a more coherent way," Andi Gutmans, Zend CEO told "I think it's mainly around driving a professional application development lifecycle -- having the best practices around development, testing and deployment."

With RightScale, Zend is partnering around a testing and development offering for PHP in the cloud. The Zend Server PHP application server technology is a key part of the solution enabling developers to deploy PHP applications for the cloud.

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Tags: open source, PHP, Zend, developer, cloud computing

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