Zend’s Talks To The Oracle

    October 12, 2005

Zend announced yesterday the availability of Zend Core, their commercialized version of PHP, for Oracle for IBM AIX, Linux and Sun Solaris and a beta version of Zend Core for Microsoft’s Windows platform.

“We are encouraged and excited to see a tremendously positive response from the PHP developer community for Zend Core for Oracle,” said Michael Hichwa, vice president of database tools, Oracle. “Zend Core for Oracle delivers increased web application performance and reliability using Oracle Database as a comprehensive, easy to develop and deploy infrastructure. We anticipate an increasing percentage of the PHP developers will take advantage of Oracle and Zend’s efforts to support their database-driven applications.”

The Zend Core product is essentially a middleware type of product. It optimizes and manages PHP applications. Zend Core for Oracle is free but support is where the money comes in. The cost for support is $199 per server up to 30 and $149 for 31 to 100. Anything more than 100 is a custom pricing package.

“The StepUp Commerce local shopping service exposes local inventory information from retailers of all sizes to consumers wherever they are browsing products online”, said Mike Bertrand, Chief Technology Officer for StepUp Commerce. “The Zend Core for Oracle GA release represents a solid platform upon which we can rapidly expand our offerings. The combination of PHP and the Oracle database, certified and supported by Zend and Oracle, gives us the flexibility and scalability we need to confidently serve consumers and retailers with a strong, differentiated online presence.”

PHP is an open-source scripting language and is widely used to power a variety of websites. The language caught on because many felt it was easier to learn than PERL or Python. It allowed HTML programmers to learn more quickly to develop dynamic websites.

As ZDNet pointed out, Zend’s work shows the growing commercial aspect of open-source software and advancement of “collaborative programming technology to higher-level server software.”

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.