Oracle Tuxedo: A New way to Run PHP Applications
By cj on May 12, 2011
The Oracle Tuxedo team have posted an Oracle Tuxedo 18.104.22.168 Web Application Server Demo for PHP. It is a VirtualBox VM so you can immediately test it out. The free VM is available from OTN's Pre-Built Developer VMs page.
Oracle Tuxedo provides a scalable and highly available mid tier platform capable of managing and integrating heterogeneous applications. This overview datasheet explains its capabilities: "Oracle Tuxedo provides a service-oriented infrastructure for efficiently routing, dispatching, and managing requests, events, and application queues across system processes and application services". A raft of other material is on the Tuxedo landing page. There is also a new white paper on PHP being reviewed at this very moment.
The VM uses Oracle Linux 5.6. It has PHP 5.3 and Oracle Tuxedo 22.214.171.124 installed and configured. The SALT and TSAM components of Tuxedo are also available.
Tuxedo's PHP support comes in the form of a new mod_tuxedo module for Apache 2.2 (or Oracle HTTP Server). This handles all PHP scripts, executing them using managed PHP processes. Existing applications can run normally:
Tuxedo also lets PHP be exposed as a web service:
The tutorial manual provided inside the VM steps through using PHP in both ways. The NetBeans IDE, Oracle Database XE and MySQL are included on the VM to make it easier to carry out your own further experiments with Tuxedo and PHP.
Tuxedo has been around for a long time and has an established customer base. If you look at Oracle Database's big TPC-C benchmark's you can see Tuxedo was involved. It's even certified on Exalogic. The new dynamic language support in Tuxedo is going to open up "Enterprise" infrastructure, making it easy to integrate modern solutions in a heterogeneous environment.
When I get back from the Dutch PHP and PHP|Tek conferences, which run back to back from next week, I plan to write up more details about using Tuxedo and PHP.
Update: a new whitepaper is available: Oracle Tuxedo: An Enterprise Platform for Dynamic Languages.