Software Deployment

Software life-cycle management in the cloud is achievable with the right tools. This includes automated software deployment of all artifacts, including software updates, configuration changes, and scripts. Management tools ensure secure access to production resources, provide an auditable trail of each change, and help control which people are allowed to deploy updates to specific servers. Real-time monitoring alerts you to changes when they occur, so you can detect and stop unauthorized updates.

Quality-of-Service (QoS) Management

Effective cloud management tools allow you to create monitoring rules around key QoS parameters that you define. Examples are user response time, maximum latency, average throughput, storage capacity, database query times, the number of active sessions, server memory and CPU utilization.

PHP in the Cloud

Given its Web focus, PHP works well in cloud environments, public or private. Commercial PHP platforms take this further and offer advanced facilities for application management. For instance, Zend Server is an enterprise-ready platform for the cloud, supported by Amazon Web Services, IBM, VMware and others. Additionally, Zend Server provides secure, reliable cloud app deployment support, dashboards for monitoring cloud-based applications, real-time code tracing, app troubleshooting capabilities, and automatic scaling and elasticity.Zend Server provides centralized app monitoring, APIs for deployment control as well as builtin and custom performance metrics with real-time reporting. Zend’s in-cloud scaling can trigger the scale-up of applications automatically, including instance provisioning, PHP installation and application deployment.

Zend Server provides application access controls to the operations team to manage which team members and developers have production access. This includes defining which applications they can access, and whether they can work in full or read-only mode. It also provides a history of changes to production systems and configurations and includes PHP security updates, even in a cloud environment.

Conclusion

In recent research, four out of five decision makers said that PHP speeds up development, and it’s the easiest choice for cloud-based app development.This, coupled with the advantages of app management in the cloud, equates to faster, more efficient development and deployment, and a more reliable and cost-effective production environment once deployed.

With many of the top public cloud vendors supporting Zend PHP Server in their environments, including Amazon, IBM, Red Hat, RightScale and others, choosing PHP for business-critical cloud application is a low-risk business choice. In terms of application management, Zend Server’s in-cloud scaling can trigger the scale-up of applications automatically, including instance provisioning, PHP installation and application deployment. Additionally, to ease a developer’s on-ramp to the cloud and Zend Server, Zend offers a cloud-based developer stack (phpcloud.com), which is an instantly available, free cloud based development environment with tools, debugging and group collaboration.

Zend Server offers the added convenience of an on-premise and cloud-based platform. Using it both in-house and in the cloud provides a consistent platform for critical applications. Given its integration with IBM SmartCloud, Red Hat OpenShift, Amazon Web Services and other clouds,combined with the dashboards and APIs for management and integration, Zend Server can simplify PHP cloud-based application management



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