Ok now we can officially comment on this!
For the past five years, IBM and Zend have collaborated to deliver a PHP-based, open-source ecosystem around the Power Systems IBM i platform. The goal has been to provide a tested, pre-configured, optimized, and supported technology stack that enables IT organizations to web-enable their existing applications, databases, and/or business logic that resides on IBM i systems. Mission accomplished!
Looking ahead, IBM and Zend will sustain this commitment to the IBM i community for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, we are expanding our strategic alliance in new and important ways that will keep the platform open, vibrant, and growing.
- IBM will continue to deliver Zend Server for IBM i with every IBM i shipment. Zend Server 5.5 for IBM i will be GA by year end—a release that fills the application deployment gap in the PHP application lifecycle. Zend will continue to provide the first year of support for Zend Server CE at no additional charge with follow on support subscriptions for additional years.
- Zend will provide "Zend DBi" as a drop-in replacement for MySQL on the IBM i platform. Zend DBi will be shipped as part of Zend Server for IBM i and freely downloadable as a standalone package. The build will remain open-source and be updated over time to implement relevant bug fixes and features that become available for MySQL on other platforms. Commercial support will also be available for purchase.
- IBM will continue to maintain and deliver, via Zend Server and as a standalone package, the DB2 Storage Engine for MySQL for IBM i. This offering will evolve along with the custom build of MySQL on IBM i delivered with Zend Server.
- IBM and Zend are developing an open-source toolkit alternative, based in XML. It is available in beta now as part of Zend Server 5.1 for IBM i and downloadable from the Young i Professionals site: (http://www.youngiprofessionals.com/wiki/XMLSERVICE). The XML toolkit will GA by year end.
Zend and IBM hope this will address any fears people have about the continued support for MySQL and he DB2 storage engine.