Local Linux and open source solution provider, Obsidian Systems, has announced a partnership with PHP company, Zend.

  "There are three major programming languages in wide use on the Internet today," explains Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian. "They are Java, .Net and PHP. Zend is committed to making PHP business-ready and providing solutions that help PHP developers and users. Zend was founded by Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans.”

"At the centre of PHP is the Zend Engine, which is the component that parses and executes PHP files." explains Van Staden. "Other Zend products include Zend Core, which is a Zend certified and supported version of the open source PHP. It delivers a seamless out-of-the-box experience by bundling all the necessary drivers and third party libraries to work with the database of your choice, while Zend Guard provides independent software vendors and IT managers with the ability to safely distribute and manage the distribution of their PHP applications while protecting their source code.

“Zend Platform is the all-in-one production environment that aims to ensure that PHP applications are available, fast, reliable and scalable. It guarantees application uptime and reliability through enhanced PHP monitoring and immediate problem resolution. Zend Studio is a PHP-Integrated Development Environment (IDE) designed for professional developers, which includes all the development components necessary for the full PHP application lifecycle."

Zend also provides certification training in the use of PHP, which Obsidian will be providing locally. Van Staden says that Zend PHP courses will be available from Obsidian in the new year, with face-to-face training at the company's facilities in Johannesburg. The courses will include PHP essentials, Professional PHP Development, PHP Certification Training and Using Zend Studio.

Says Amir Yampel, director of channels for Zend: "The SA market is important to us. We understand the dependence on and growth of open source within the region, as well as the many possibilities that open source presents to developing countries. Zend products are deployed in more than 15 000 companies worldwide and we look forward to working with Obsidian Systems."

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