Zend Server 5.6 has been released this week with new support for Mac OS X developers. The PHP web app server can now be used by teams looking to use the PHP scripting language in line with Apple technologies in their development environments. Still focused on rapid web app development, Zend says that this enhancement comes in response to increased demand for Zend Server at the enterprise level from communities developing on the Mac platform.
The 5.6 version release ships with a fully integrated PHP stack including the latest PHP runtime and the Zend Framework, plus monitoring and diagnostics. There are code acceleration and performance optimization technologies such as the Job Queue function, as well as full page caching and data caching to help developers improve application response times and reduce server load.
Zend CEO Andi Gutmans says that this latest iteration's proactive application monitoring functions will alert and keep developers informed of potential errors or bottlenecks in real-time. Zend Server's Code Tracing provides a detailed execution history to help developers pinpoint and resolve root cause issues and eliminate "trial and error" troubleshooting.
According to Zend, developers using this new version can extend its benefits for large-scale PHP deployments by using Zend Server Cluster Manager, with the ability to centrally monitor and manage multiple Zend Server instances and ensure HA and scalability of PHP apps.
Zend Server supports what its makers call the industry's "most robust" PHP/Java Bridge. This allows enterprises to adopt a PHP standard while leveraging their Java infrastructure, or specific Java apps such as SIP signalling in the communications industry or JDBC for creating connectivity to SQL databases.
Customers using Zend Server receive proactive notifications of and fixes for PHP issues. For example, Zend Server 5.6 includes a fix for a Denial-of-Service vulnerability recently found in a number of major computer languages. This makes the Zend PHP runtime one of the first environments to release a version with this vulnerability resolved. Developers can also use Zend Server in the Zend Developer Cloud, which provides a free sandbox.