p. The IIS Team is eager to announce the official release of Microsoft FastCGI Extension for IIS 6.0 as a free download. For the first time, we are providing hosters and PHP developers full support for a stack of technology that enables reliable, scalable PHP hosting on production Internet Information Services 6.0 (IIS 6) Web servers.
p. This release could not have come at a more exciting time for the technology: previous beta releases on IIS.NET have had over 17,000 downloads and no less than six hosting partners have already begun offering PHP hosting on IIS 6 with the FastCGI Extension. In addition to the downloads, the IIS community site also has a very active forum of users exchanging ideas and providing feedback about the FastCGI Extension.
p. Furthermore, Zend has validated their (our) Zend Core offering, a certified and supported version of PHP, on this release of FastCGI and found PHP on Windows performs comparably to PHP on Linux. Andi Gutmans, Chief Technology Officer of Zend states, “We have been testing PHP on this FastCGI technology for over a year and we are very pleased with this official release from Microsoft. There is finally a PHP solution for Windows that offers a comparable level of stability and throughput as PHP on Linux.”
p. With Microsoft’s implementation of the FastCGI open standard, IT Professionals will be able to host PHP applications on Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6 with increased reliability, scalability, and security. Customers also know that they will be able to count on Microsoft to stand by and service the Microsoft FastCGI Extension. By supporting the open standard, Microsoft has made it possible for PHP and other CGI compliant languages to be hosted efficiently and effectively on Windows Server 2003 and IIS.
p. Looking ahead, betas of Windows Server 2008, already include the FastCGI Extension as a completely integrated feature of Internet Information Services IIS 7.0 (IIS7). The new modular architecture introduced in IIS 7 will provide additional functionality to PHP applications by enabling them to take advantage of new managed code services.
p. These results demonstrate how Microsoft is embracing PHP hosting on Windows. As a result of these efforts, the PHP community will be able to take advantage of the increased reliability of PHP on Windows and simplified administration available on the Windows platform.
p. “Microsoft.com’s PHP site”:http://www.iis.net/php has this information as well as links to other useful content to get you setup and going with FastCGI.