Zend Boosts Scalability, Productivity and Performance of Mobile and Web Applications with Microsoft Azure

Adds Supercharged PHP Stack and Zend Server for WordPress, Drupal and Magento on Azure Marketplace

CUPERTINO, CA and REDMOND, WA, May 13, 2015 – Zend, the PHP company, today announced the availability of Zend Server, Zend’s integrated PHP application platform and certified PHP stack, as an advanced cloud service on Microsoft Azure through the Azure Marketplace.  

This productivity-focused offering on Azure empowers application developers to develop better applications faster, deploy them continuously and scale them infinitely. PHP developers will gain a competitive edge by running PHP on Azure. Developers can start application projects easily, without capital investment, and evolve them seamlessly to efficient multi-team, multi-server projects with full automation of all steps of the application development life cycle.

“The inclusion of Zend Server in the marketplace and the focus on making the PHP developer even more productive within the App Service platform highlight Microsoft’s commitment to open source, especially PHP,” said Andi Gutmans, CEO and Co-founder, Zend. “More than 50 percent of web applications and websites are written in PHP. It is exciting to see leading cloud vendors such as Microsoft focus on that market, resulting in PHP developer success. We are also pleased that these cloud vendors are choosing to work with Zend to help them reach their goal of delivering a stellar PHP developer experience in the cloud.”

Zend Server on Azure Marketplace

The Zend Server platform enables agile development at scale, helping companies deliver innovation faster. Developers, development managers and IT executives benefit, as Zend Server covers the entire development life cycle and is the most reliable platform in production.

“We are excited to have Zend Server 8 on our Azure Marketplace, allowing easy access to an important integrated PHP application platform for developers,” said Omar Khan, Director, Microsoft Corp. “Zend Server in the Azure Marketplace meets developer demand for more tools to build quality, scalable applications quickly in the cloud.”

Meanwhile, development managers benefit from the visibility and reliability of the release processes, as well as the ease with which they can scale teams, processes and production environments. IT executives will appreciate the breadth of Azure services and the availability of a broad developer, partner and application ecosystem for Zend on Azure.

Develop, Test, Build and Scale Infinitely

Zend Server 8 is available on the Azure Marketplace in three editions: Developer, Professional and Enterprise. Developer Edition is designed for building and testing applications with special developer features and very affordable pricing. Professional and Enterprise Editions are packaged for production environments with the Enterprise Edition providing the highest SLAs and enterprise-class performance features.

Pricing and Availability

All three editions of Zend Server 8 on Azure Marketplace are available 30 days free of charge for the software (Azure usage fees apply). After that, Developer Edition on Azure is $0.03/hr for Instances up to A4 Standard. Pricing for Professional and Enterprise Editions start at $0.02/hr and $0.04/hr respectively.

Zend Server 8 is currently available on all A & D pricing tiers, spanning the range from basic A type instances all the way to advanced D type servers optimized for compute-intensive workloads.

For more information: www.zend.com/en/solutions/cloud-solutions/azure

Try it now: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/partners/zend/

About Zend Server

Zend Server is the preferred PHP stack for businesses requiring faster time to market and peace of mind when in production. It is the most complete PHP distribution with a continuously updated set of advanced value-add features designed to optimize productivity, performance, scalability and reliability.  Zend Server includes over 80 PHP extensions and supports Apache, NGINX and IIS Web servers.  It is delivered as native packages for all leading Linux distributions, Windows, MAC OS X and IBM i environments including popular Cloud solutions such as Amazon Web Services. Zend Server supports any and all PHP code and provides deep insights into that code including the most popular PHP applications and frameworks like WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Zend Framework, Symfony, and Laravel. Any code you have in PHP will run on Zend Server.  In production, Zend Server delivers the best performance with enterprise grade features such as: Data Caching API, Page caching, Job queuing, Deployment functionality, and Application monitoring. The Zend Server Cluster Manager will provide the ultimate scaling flexibility.

About Zend Technologies

Zend partners with businesses to rapidly deliver modern apps across mobile and cloud. Zend helped establish the PHP language, which today powers over 200 million applications and web sites. The company uniquely delivers a one-stop shop solution for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. Zend continuous delivery is based on agile development, code protection, release automation, server management, consulting, training, and PHP certification. Zend solutions are deployed at more than 40,000 companies, including BNP Paribas, Best Buy, GE, Prada and other leading brands worldwide. Learn more at www.zend.com.

Media Contacts

Grace Bonacum 
PAN Communications 
Ph: +16175024300 

Maxine Ambrose 
Ambrose Communications 
Ph: +441183280180