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How to (properly) evaluate Zend Server – Event Monitoring

So, you just received instructions to download and try out Zend Server. Or, you heard that Zend Server is a “PHP Application Server”, but you have no idea what that means and you want to find out. What do you do?

What I have often seen is that people will download and install Zend Server, try a PHP application on it and see if it works. They see that it does work. Then they ask “ok, it works but it’s not worth the price so I’ll just go back to what I was using before.” The problem here is that more often than not, and I’m sure it’s a MUCH more often than not, “worth” is not defined.

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How to (properly) evaluate Zend Server – Introduction

So, today kind of got away from me and I was trying to think of what I could do to salvage this day when I came across an idea that I have had in the past. As you all probably know, Zend has salespeople. Those sales people have sales engineers who show how to use our products. However, I personally hate being on the phone for a canned presentation when all I really want to do is tinker. So, in an effort to produce something of benefit today I decided to start a series of blog posts on how to evaluate Zend Server if you are a tinkerer, like me.