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Zend Server equips development and operations teams with the infrastructure and insight to support rapid application releases, and provides PHP applications development organizations with capabilities that ensure high levels of reliability, performance and security, both on-premise and in the cloud.
The Zend Blueprint for Continuous Delivery provides practical best practices to help companies implement each step of the continuous delivery cycle. Based on the Zend Server platform, the blueprint provides an easy way to implement these best practices through a series of patterns and plug-ins.
One of the fundamental requirements for establishing a Continuous Delivery software development practice is the implementation of an automated Continuous Integration environment that reliably builds the application from its code components and resources to create a deployable package in a consistent, repeatable manner. This pattern provides a template for installing and utilizing the Zend Server Bamboo plugin to create a complete build pipeline serving as the foundation of a continuous delivery practice.
The build pipeline supports code style checks using, code standards violation checks, and unit testing integration via phpunit. Following code quality validation, Bamboo packages the application in a Zend Server deployment package format. The application packages are then automatically deployed to Zend Server instances, either single servers or cluster environments in the testing lab, staging and then production.
Continuous Delivery requires strict code quality and consistency which ensures that the code is deployable at all times, in addition to ensuring that builds are successful and pass all unit and functional tests. When used with Bamboo, Zend Server's deployment automation validates that, in every build pipeline, applications and code libraries can be rapidly and consistently deployed onto QA, staging, or production servers. Zend Server also ensures that all testing and production environment are consistent, optimized, and secure while providing comprehensive cluster and application management.
Atlassian Bamboo is a continuous integration (CI) and deployment server. Bamboo assists software development teams by providing automated building and testing of software source-code status, updates on successful and failed builds and provides reporting tools for statistical analysis. Bamboo is a continuous integration server that is used to automate the release management of applications and creating a continuous delivery pipeline. Continuous integration is a software development methodology in which a build, unit tests and integration tests are performed, or triggered, whenever code is committed to the repository, to ensure that new changes integrate well into the existing code base.