by billhilf on October 31, 2006 08:30am
Today I had the opportunity to attend and present at the Zend/PHP Conference and Expo in San Jose. I was here to announce a technical collaboration between Zend and Microsoft that will improve the performance of PHP on Windows Server (and down the road Longhorn Server). You can read the specific details of the collaboration here.
As part of my presentation, we performed a demo showing a before and after scenario. We first showed PHP running on Windows Server before the enhancements- then again after. On the latter, I’m pleased to say that we consistently achieved 100% performance gains and on some applications a 150% improvement. All treats, no tricks…that’s right 100-150%.
So what are we doing exactly?
PHP, being the third most popular development language today, is an important addition to the options available to developers who want to leverage the Windows Server platform, and the overall Microsoft ecosystem. According to Zend’s internal statistics, the majority of PHP developers already use Windows as their application development platform – over 70%. Improving their experience with running PHP applications on Windows for production is a natural next step.
In the end, we believe the real winners in this technical collaboration are PHP developers who now have viable options when thinking about platform of choice for their PHP applications. Of course, that means our mutual customers benefit from PHP applications as well as the choice of technologies that best suit their needs. To make sure this not only happens today, but going forward, both Microsoft and Zend will be active participants in the PHP community to ensure open communications and a continually improving experience for PHP developers in Microsoft environments.
As I have said before, interoperability does not happen by accident. This announcement is the result of a lot of hard work by people from both Microsoft and Zend. I personally want to thank Andi Gutmans, CTO and co-founder of Zend Technologies. Andi and I have been in discussions for a long while now and I’m very happy to see the great results from a conversation started long ago. We have been working with Zend over the past 6 months to put all of the pieces in place. From the technical work on FastCGI to helping Zend create an engineering lab to improve PHP as it develops over time. This is the first step in an ongoing relationship.
And for those of you in North America, Happy Halloween!