Zend Technologies, the PHP company, and Varien, a developer of Magento eCommerce platform, have partnered to help small and medium sized businesses to evaluate, develop, and deploy eCommerce web applications.
As a result of the new partnership, the community edition of Varien’s Magento eCommerce software will ship with the community edition of Zend Server, Zend’s PHP web application server.
The companies also announced that the Varien and Zend teams and open-source communities are working together on two major initiatives. Varien will be contributing eCommerce features to the open source, PHP framework, Zend Framework, an integrated part of Zend Server. In addition, both Zend and Varien will be optimising Magento, Zend Server, and Zend Framework to offer peak performance for ecommerce applications.
According to Zend, its Server community edition (CE) is a PHP application stack that can be used in development, testing and production. It runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X and is tuned to address the needs of developer desktops and laptops and smaller server deployments. It is also available in a commercial, enterprise edition, which is a complete web application server for running, monitoring and managing PHP applications.
The company said that by using Magento CE with Zend Server CE, small and medium-sized businesses can install, explore and start building shopping and other commerce-based web sites with features such as catalog and order management, analytics, SEO, merchandising, customer accounts and shipping, and then deploy them on Zend Server.
The company claims that the users can develop Magento eCommerce applications on desktops running the Windows or Linux operating systems and deploy applications into production on both Windows and Linux. To further expand the ecommerce functionality readily available to PHP developers, Varien is also modularising Magento and making ecommerce feature contributions to Zend Framework, including payment gateways and shipping calculation modules.
Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder of Zend Technologies, said: “With the new all-in-one packaging of Magento and Zend Server, it’s extremely easy for any organisation to set up, install and explore web-based commerce on a Windows or Linux platform, with the confidence that their application will run with performance, efficiency and reliability. This combination removes virtually any barriers to developing high-quality ecommerce web sites with PHP.”