Oracle has released a free database driver for PHP that dramatically improves performance for Web-based applications that connect to its flagship database. Oracle Call Interface (OCI8), and the code used to write it, was released to the open-source community at the Zend Conference & Expo.
The new driver fixes a problem faced by PHP-based Web applications trying to access Oracle databases, overwhelming the databases with requests, says Mark de Visser, chief marketing officer for Zend.
"So many sessions meant that it consumed resources on the server every time a new Web user would come in. Databases would just go to their knees on scalability issues like that," de Visser says. "Everybody in the industry who uses Oracle and PHP knows what this is about."
Using OCI8, a single industry-standard server will be able to support tens of thousands of database connections, according to Oracle.
Ken Jacobs, Oracle's vice president of product strategy for server technologies, noted that, "We expect to further strengthen PHP as a tool of choice and expand use of Oracle databases for Web 2.0."
Check out the press release at CNN.
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