Modernization 2.0

With the explosion of users demanding access to the data and business logic on your IBM i, your modernization strategy has to be more than simple screen scraping. You need to deliver information to myriad devices, with the same level of security, resiliency, and performance as the back office applications on your IBM i.

Zend Server can help.

PHP is the world’s most popular programming language for web and mobile applications. And Zend Server is the enterprise application platform for PHP. Zend Server runs natively on the IBM i and is available as a simple and free download to every IBM i customer. Complete the form on this page to access Zend Server for IBM i.

Learn more by reading the green screen to web white paper and top 10 reasons to choose PHP eBook on IBM i web application development.

Zend Server for IBM i

  • Simple connectivity to DB2 for IBM i
  • Easy for RPG and Cobol programmers to learn: Start procedural, gradually phase in object-oriented frameworks
  • Free IBM i toolkit to help you with PHP enablement
  • Free download comes with one year of Silver Support
  • Free access to Zend Studio, an integrated development environment (IDE) for PHP
  • Simplified debugging and performance tuning with Z-Ray
  • Learn from the community of PHP developers worldwide
  • Leverage the experience of IBM i users like Prada, DHL, and Starbucks

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Fast-track modernization for IBM i

For many organizations running IBM i, the "green screen" is the common interface to back-end data, business logic, and services. In today's internet-enabled world, businesses are required to expose their applications and APIs to users that demand rich experiences and easy-to-use features across multiple devices. The question is: How can they do it without a significant investment in time and a steep learning curve for the team?

With Fast-track modernization for IBM i professional services package, you can go from the green screen to fully-functional web and mobile applications in days.

Our expert PHP architects arrive on site to understand your environment and business needs, then guide your team through the development, testing, and deployment of a production-ready, open source PHP application connected to your reliable RPG code.

In less than one week, your team will understand the basics of PHP development and how it integrates with your IBM i systems and RPG code. Your developers will be able to maintain and grow your modern web, mobile, and services application, allowing the business to effectively and quickly address new requirements.

With this service, you get:

  • A production-ready web application
  • On-site PHP application development training
  • Follow-up guidance and support
  • A 1-year license and support for the phpGrid package, if applicable
  • Training on how to debug, optimize, and maintain your PHP applications using Zend Server





The Complete PHP Application Platform

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PHP I: Foundations for  IBM i course
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Editions and Pricing

Zend Server is always available on any platform as a 30-day free trial.  IBM i customers have full use of Enterprise Edition, the most full featured edition, for the 30 day free trial.  Simply create your MyZend account and then visit our download page to get started.

Once the free trial expires, Zend Server automatically guides you through the license key enablement process.  You’ll be able to choose from these Zend Server editions:

Developer Edition: Licensed and priced for development use only, this edition mirrors the features of Professional Edition.  On the IBM i, Developer Edition is most practical for customers who maintain a separate LPAR for development.

Basic Edition: As the name implies, this edition has a minimal feature set for running your PHP applications.  Basic Edition is available to you with one year of Support at no charge (comparable to the Support level of the Small Business Edition of Zend Server).  Basic Edition does not include Z-Ray.

Professional Edition: This edition includes a robust set of features but is priced for those applications that are not business critical.

Enterprise Edition: Zend’s fully featured edition for business critical applications, it includes unlimited audit trails and 24x7 live support.

Click here for a more detailed description of each edition.