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How To Integrate AWS With PHP Applications

How To Integrate AWS With PHP Applications

What is Cloud Computing?


Cloud Computing is defined as delivering computing power(CPU, Network Speeds, RAM, Storage OS software) a service over a network rather than physically having the computing resources at the customer location.

Whether you are supporting the critical operations of your business or you are running applications that share photos to millions of mobile users, a cloud services platform provides rapid access to the same with affordable IT infrastructure.

You don’t need to spend a lot of time on the heavy lifting of managing that hardware or make large investments in hardware and , with the use of cloud computing.

With the advent of cloud computing, you don’t need to invest on hardware or any kind of large infrastructure. When it’s about cloud, you just need to pay the things you are using and some of the top cloud services are Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud, etc.

The following infographic show the basic architecture of cloud:Architecture of cloud

The primary benefits of cloud computing are:

  • It reduces IT infrastructure costs
  • It scales up your business from time to time
  • It helps in business continuity
  • It boosts collaboration efficiency
  • It gives a flexible of work environment
  • Access to automatic updates

Not all cloud hosting infrastructure provider can deliver extraordinary performance for PHP based applications.

What is AWS SDK for PHP?

The AWS software development kit is an open-source PHP library. With AWS SDK, you can integrate your PHP applications with various services like Amazon Glacier, Amazon S3, and Amazon DynamoDB. 

Additionally, Amazon S3 Stream wrapper is one of the highlighted features of AWS SDK, which enables the use of native PHP functions, and helps their interaction with S3 buckets. Further as the AWS SDK is open source the developer can share components and projects which enhances the functionalities of PHP with Amazon SDK.

Does AWS support PHP?

Amazon Web Service (AWS) is a popular choice among the most experienced PHP developers for deploying their PHP based web apps for striking features like ease of use, flexibility, cost-effective, reliability, high performance, scalability, and security. User Concerns

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How to Integrate PHP with AWS

For a simpler and more intuitive coding experience, AWS Resource APIs provide RPC-style interface or an object-oriented abstraction over the "low-level" in the AWS SDK for PHP.

A resource object is a reference to an AWS resource(Amazon EC2 instance or an Amazon S3 object). The resource attributes are unveiled for use as properties and its actions are exposed as methods.The AWS resources act as local PHP objects and embed them with the underlying HTTP API requests.

The sample code below demonstrates how this works. The supported services include Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon SNS, Amazon SQS, AWS IAM, Amazon Glacier, and AWS CloudFormation, and more services will be added in the future.

Sample code of Resource APIs for the AWS SDK for PHP

// The below sample code shows how Resource APIs functions:
$aws = new Aws($config);

// Get references to resource objects
$bucket = $aws->s3->bucket('my-bucket');
$object = $bucket->object('image/bird.jpg');

// Access resource attributes
echo $object['LastModified'];

// Call resource methods to take action
$object->delete();
$bucket->delete();

 

Features

  • For all supported AWS services, regions, and authentication protocols, AWS Provides easy-to-use HTTP clients.
  • AWS is built on Guzzle and it utilizes many of its features, including middleware, asynchronous requests, and persistent connections, etc.
  • Provides convenience features including easy result pagination via Waiters, simple Result objects, and Paginators.
  • Provides Amazon Glacier that can be paused and resumed and a multipart uploader tool for Amazon S3.
  • PHP's native file handling functions can be used to interact with your S3 buckets and objects like a local filesystem. AWS provides an Amazon S3 Stream Wrapper for the same.
  • For easily scaling sessions on a fast, NoSQL database, AWS provides the Amazon DynamoDB Session Handler.
  • Automatically utilizes IAM (Identity & Access Management) Instance Profile Credentials on setup Amazon EC2 instances.

Thus, integrating Resource APIs is a fairly simple task with the AWS SDK in place. The AWS SDK is advanced which facilitates this integration with your PHP Application with the help of an open source PHP library.  The detailed documentation made available by AWS, provisioning migration guidance from the older version APIs to version 3 of the AWS SDK. If you are in a need on assistance on your PHP migration projects do feel free to get in touch with us and our team of experts will reach out to you.

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