PHP firm Zend has extended its Long-Term Support (LTS) policy for PHP. This means that users can use a major version of PHP (for instance PHP 5.3) for more than five years after its initial release date.
This adds an additional 2 years ( a time span representing 40%) to the lifecycle of a major PHP version, after its end of support from the open source PHP community.
This extended support for the PHP runtime is available for Zend Server customers via a Long-Term Support release of Zend Server that includes support and security hotfixes both for Zend Server and the PHP runtime included in it.
According to Ido Benmoshe, Zend's VP of global services, "Migrating stable production applications to newer PHP versions is often challenging for [developers] due to cost, time investment, and a desire not to impact the stability of a working application. This has created a support gap as many business apps stay in usage beyond the open source community's end of life for a given PHP version."
"As PHP becomes ever more widely used for mission-critical purposes, more and more enterprises are faced with the challenges of maintaining a secure and compliant application environment while minimizing disruptive migrations," said Zend CEO & Co-founder Andi Gutmans. "Zend Server is now liberating IT departments from that difficult choice, and providing them the flexibility to use the power of PHP on their own terms."
Zend is also announcing the release and immediate availability of Zend Studio 10.6, enabling smarter PHP application development.
Click here to view the full PHP Long Term Support policy.