While free Zend Server is a great solution for a development project, it has limitations compared to paid Zend Server subscriptions. Paid subscriptions include longer data retention (months or years rather than an hour of metrics), technical support and security patches , more performance features,  and multi-server support and management. Zend Server Developer Edition is the newer and better version of Community Edition and it includes the Revolutionary Z-Ray!

Debugging with Z-Ray

Using Zend Server Z-Ray is akin to wearing X-Ray goggles, effortlessly giving you deep insight into how the  code is running as you are developing it – all without having to change any of your habits or workflow.  With Z-Ray, you can immediately understand the impact of any changes to the code, enabling you to both improve quality and solve issues long before your code reaches production.

In addition to the obvious benefits of this ‘Left Shifting’ – better performance, fewer production issues and faster recovery times – using Z-Ray is also downright fun!

 

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Debugging Mobile Apps and APIs

With Z-Ray live you can easily debug mobile and Web services requests originating from a browser, mobile device or machine-to-machine communications. 

The Z-Ray panel displays all the critical information related to any request that can be analysed to efficiently identify the weak spots in your PHP code.

 

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Production Snapshots

Zend Server collects and presents information on some of the most interesting URLs on your Web server, giving you strong insight on critical URLs, such as the slowest, poorest performing, and most popular URLs. Full Z-Ray snapshots for these URLs provides you with unprecedented insight into what real-world requests look like, coming from real users.

 

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Application Monitoring

When something goes wrong with your apps, you need to know about it. Whether it's a slow page or a runtime error - Zend Server’s monitoring helps you find out precisely what happened and when - as well as giving you all the information you need to fix it.

When something does go wrong, Code Tracing provides you with the equivalent of a black-box containing the full function-by-function flow of the problematic PHP request.

 

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Performance

Installed on Zend Server, your apps are guaranteed to run faster than before. You can squeeze even more performance out of them using the following features:

Job Queue allows executing time-consuming jobs asynchronously, removing application bottlenecks and improving end user experience.

Page Cache speeds up recurring access to PHP pages by caching the entire output of specific URLs.

Can't cache the entire page? Use the Zend Data Cache API to avoid computing the same data again and again.

 

 

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PHP Stack

Zend Server provides a complete, reliable and secure PHP stack, bundling over 80 of the most popular PHP extensions and libraries. Whether on Apache, nginx or IIS - Zend Server provides you with a consistent PHP environment across all major operating systems, for both development and production.

Zend Server allows you to easily manage your PHP configuration settings to fit the needs of your applications - whether on a single server or a large cluster.

 

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Deployment

Streamline and automate the process of deploying applications using Zend Server Deployment. Eliminate key sources of deployment failures, and ensure consistency across development, staging and production, by using application packages containing your code, deployment scripts, dependencies, metadata and installation parameters.

Deploy your apps manually from within the Zend Server UI, or integrate automated deployment into your continuous delivery cycle using Zend Server's deployment APIs.

Code libraries can be abstracted out from apps and managed centrally, simplifying dependencies and updates.

You can deploy your application on ANY server or on Zend Server in Production.

 

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Scalability with Clustering

Need to scale up your website? A modern, robust and scalable architecture allows you to easily scale up your production environment and scale-out environments. Based on a de-centralized management system that is comprised of identical components, Zend Server ensures high availability and full support of cloud environments.

With Zend Session Clustering, session data is shared between multiple servers in your cluster, ensuring session continuity in case of system failure, and high availability of your system.

 

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