IBM and Zend have announced the availability of Zend Core for IBM, a solution specifically designed to help developers deploy database applications and services based on the popular PHP Web language. Zend Core for IBM is based on PHP 5 technology and includes tight integration with Cloudscape database server, DB2 and native support for XML and Web Services--designed to promote the increased adoption of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA).
Zend Core enables PHP application use of all DB2 server environments (including eServer iSeries and zSeries via DB2 Connect). It offers an upgrade path from the Cloudscape database to the DB2 Universal Database platform by providing a consistent API to developers. Zend Core for IBM is immediately available as a free download through the DB2 and Cloudscape product site and IBM's developer portal, developerWorks, IBM's online resource for developers.