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Apache Web Server

It is the best choice for serving PHP applications due to its wide-spread popularity and huge community support. Very easy to start a new project of any complexity and easy to set up on localhost machines. But provided the fact that Apache is not the fastest and cleanest option available for hosting static content, you can never go wrong with your decision if you are using PHP or Perl language for serving dynamic content to serious business users.
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Zend Engine

I would say you can use Zend with any project of any size but in a personal experience I would recommend it more for small or medium sized projects. Since the code you will be writing with Zend has more verbosity than the one you can write with other frameworks, that might be a problem to maintain larger projects.
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Pros

  • Great handling of virtual hosts.
  • Works extremely well with Perl/CGI and the Mod-Perl module for fast and reliable execution of server side scripts.
  • Handles serving up web pages well, a true no muss, no fuss situation.
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  • The performance is superior compared to other frameworks.
  • It's supported by the contributions of the core classes of PHP.
  • Extensive updated documentation.
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Cons

  • Quicker development of new features.
  • A slim version of Apache would be neat for use in small deployments.
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  • The code isn't that easy to understand.
  • The learning curve compared to other frameworks is bigger.
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Alternatives Considered

Apache is often used in conjunction with Nginx, with Nginx in front of Apache to serve static assets like CSS and JS. Both are easy to configure. IIS is pretty cumbersome and is not as flexible as Apache.
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It isn't the fastest but is one of the faster available. It's the only one currently supported actively by the PHP team itself.You might find more classes in Symfony for instance, but in the end, most of the core files will be supported above Zend classes either by extension or by encapsulation.The only con that I see is the learning curve required to adopt this framework, and the amount of additional work you will have to do to build PHP based apps with it.
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Return on Investment

  • Best to go for if using war files/folder
  • Portability web server
  • Easy navigation
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  • The good thing of using Zend is the fact that it's supported by the team in charge of PHP itself so they will always be aligned with the road path of php.
  • Something bad is the learning curve. As a developer you will invest more time with Zend than with other frameworks.
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Apache Web Server

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Zend Engine

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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