A PHP Partnership
Zend and IBM team up to deliver open-source solutions to IBM i
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As the unique partnership between IBM and Zend Technologies continues to grow, IBM i customers are looking to take full advantage of the best this courtship has to offer. Roughly 5 million developers worldwide use PHP. As this number keeps rising, you’ll see new products, expanded integration and more educational opportunities.
Zend Server has been delivered for Linux* and Windows* for several months. Now Zend Server for IBM i has arrived. The new server offers i customers two flavors that closely correspond to the Zend Core and Zend Platform products. Some of the key features include a PTF-style update process and improved PHP application performance.
The company has also released Zend Studio 7, which is updated for IBM i and the other supported platforms. Key improvement features include support for PHP 5.3, namespaces, faster code development using Zend Framework and greater integration when developing applications with Zend Server. This update of Zend Studio provides greater compatibility with IBM Rational* development products, which lets every IBM i shop leverage its investment in the compatible technologies.
PHP isn’t alone in the improvement business. IBM has also been busy working with MySQL on the new DB2* Storage Engine for MySQL. You now have the option to store MySQL data in one of the native MySQL database formats, like ISAM, or right in DB2. You already have the capability, through technologies like Zend Core, to extend your PHP applications with DB2 data. Now you can extend your RPG and COBOL applications with MySQL data. That means your RPG ERP application can execute a SETLL, READE and UPDATE on a data file created by MySQL and populated by an open-source application like Sugar CRM.