Zend Technologies, the PHP company, today released a public beta of Zend Server 5.0, a major new version of the companys enterprise-ready PHP Web application server. Zend Server 5.0 includes a ground-breaking new feature Code Tracing that enables users to slash problem resolution time by up to 50 percent. For the first time, PHP developers and administrators can quickly pinpoint the root cause of a problem in production by viewing a digital documentary of the execution of their application similar to a black box flight recorder in an airplane and avoid the time-consuming task of recreating the problem.
The Code Tracing feature in Zend Server 5.0 takes root cause analysis to a whole new level, enabling operations, quality assurance, and development staff to significantly boost productivity and enhance application reliability. Similar in concept to an airplane black box flight recorder that captures the data required to analyze flight problems, Zend Server Code Tracing captures the full execution of an application in real-time, so IT staff can quickly find the root cause of a problem without having to reproduce it. Code Tracing can be turned on and off by Zend Servers Event Monitoring capability so that real-time PHP code execution is captured only during specified events, such as those triggered by performance degradation or other error conditions. The trace is displayed in the Zend Server Web console to enable staff to view the complete execution history of an application and definitively pinpoint a problems root cause. Zend Server Code Tracing can cut problem identification and resolution time by up to 50 percent.