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Zend Core for Oracle seen as boon to Linux users

Linux users who want to deploy PHP apps on top of Oracle can now do so without having to worry as much about driver issues, thanks to the new beta release of Zend Core for Oracle.

Linux users who want to deploy PHP applications on top of Oracle databases were given a boost this week with the release of a beta version of Zend Core for Oracle.

"What this does not mean is people will start taking Java right into PHP and Oracle, but instead … organizations with a significant investment in Linux and Oracle now have the option to deploy PHP apps on top of these databases and worry less about the issue of drivers then they may have seen in past," said Stephen O'Grady, senior analyst and co-founder of Denver-based RedMonk.

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O'Grady said users can expect improved performance, but cautioned that the beta does not completely address some lingering problems related to compatibility with older drivers.

Zend Core for Oracle delivers an updated PHP "OCI8" driver, which Oracle Corp. and Zend Technologies Inc. said is more reliable and stable for Oracle Database-driven Web applications.

"Basically, this amounts to a lot of work, in terms of making Oracle first class on the PHP platform. Available drivers for Oracle on PHP should be more functional, more performing [and] easier to work with in general," O'Grady said. "What I would look for most -- as a customer who is trying or who is deploying PHP apps on top of an Oracle database -- is improved performance," he said.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Zend has had a hand in the rising popularity of the LAMP stack, which includes PHP, Python or Perl. O'Grady said he believes customers already using the technology would now have more incentive to deploy PHP applications on top of their database technologies.

The Zend Core for Oracle beta version is available immediately as a free download from the Oracle Technology Network and the Zend Web site. The production version will be available later this year, officials from both companies said.

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