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At Zend, we've partnered with some of the best cloud computing providers in the world. We know that different teams have different needs, and we want to maximize your choices. One of the big benefits of using Zend Server in the cloud is your applications are portable - the same application that runs on Zend Server on one cloud can easily be moved to another zone or cloud provider if needed.
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Zend Server is the leading platform for scalable mobile and web applications. Plus, in the cloud Zend Server has additional benefits.
Cloud computing levels the playing field for developers and small teams. For a low monthly investment, you have access to infrastructure that was previously only available to the shops with deep pockets. A full Zend Server environment is available starting as low as $29 a month with Amazon Web Services. Plus, as your application takes off, you can grow your Zend cloud image and never pay for more than you need.
Zend Server provides multiple technologies for improving application response times and minimizing resource utilization. Depending on your cloud provider, PHP code acceleration, bytecode caching, full page caching and data caching are some of the underlying technologies that get you that extra performance boost. Plus, running your application jobs using Job Queue executes time-consuming jobs asynchronously, removing application bottlenecks and improving end user experience.
To get the full benefits of cloud scalability when needed, your application server needs to be able to add application instances to a cluster, that is to provision new application instances automatically when needed with exactly the same configuration as your existing instances, and to load balance across the cluster of servers or instances. One of the big benefits of Zend Server on Amazon Web Services or the IBM Cloud is that clustering is built in, and the process of adding instances can be fully automated. This means your application can scale up (or down) seamlessly, with no loss of user sessions. This is a big difference from using open source PHP runtime options in the cloud.
Zend Server powers thousands of web applications both on premise and in the cloud. In addition to proven reliability and endless testing with popular corporate application frameworks, the built-in application insights and diagnostics let you quickly identify and troubleshoot any application level issues without spending time guessing at root cause and attempting to recreate production problems. You'll know right away whether the issue is with the code, your API calls, or the rest of your infrastructure set-up.
Instance or image: depending on which cloud vendor you choose, you will create an instance or an image, which is the description of the network, server, and middleware you need to run your application. The instance is specific to your application and the resources used for the instance are not shared with other users.
Provision: although this term may differ slightly from one cloud vendor to another, it usually refers to make a request to create an instance or an image that you need to run your application.
Metering and Billing: This phrase refers to how you will pay for your cloud usage. Metering refers what is being measured: you might pay for GB/Hour, storage consumed, or just hourly usage. You might pay by the hour, the month, or on an annual basis. Billing is almost always through a credit card. Through our cloud providers, we offer hourly, monthly, or annual billing.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
If your application has specific hardware requirements, you can take advantage of the infrastructure flexibility that cloud computing provides. The base layer of any cloud environment is Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which are the services that let you decide how much compute, memory, and storage you need. Most cloud providers offer a wide range of IaaS choices, and in most cases, you'll have far more flexibility in the cloud than you do with your in-house systems. Zend Server is available through several IaaS providers including Amazon Web Services and IBM SoftLayer.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
In addition to being able to start small and grow big, cloud computing also lets you decide how deeply you want delve into the infrastructure. With any of our cloud partners, you can hand pick each component of your infrastructure environment, from the amount of compute power, to the memory and disk. Or, you can leverage the Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities in Cloud Foundry or RedHat OpenShift where the infrastructure is automatically configured to the application runtime and database you decide to use.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
This is the layer that end users interact with. Instead of loading a software application from a disk or the intenet, users link to a browser page and use the software from there. Users are familiar with this technique without realizing that they're "in the cloud." Zend Server underlies many popular SaaS applications that are on the market today, and can bring your PHP applicatoin the cloud scale it needs too.