The Scope of the LAMP Stack

The coming of the LAMP stack heralded a new era of sorts in the world of business-software development. The stack, which includes the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, the MySQL database, and the PHP scripting language, had steadily made its mark in the world of corporate computing since its inception and it has not yet lost its footing. A burgeoning interest in open-source software products apart, the success of the LAMP stack has also been made possible by its compatibility with a host of other third-party solutions. The latter reason especially enhances the appeal of LAMP solutions because this feature expands the options available to business owners and IT buyers.

The Benefits of a LAMP Solution

The components of the LAMP stack have been around for quite some time and each individually brings to the stack its own unique set of benefits:

  • The Linux operating system offers superior cross-platform compatibility.
  • The Apache Web server is known for its stability and together with the PHP development language, it can help churn out dynamic pages that facilitate the creation of immensely interactive applications.
  • MySQL is a relational database management system that can help execute and manage highly complex enterprise-level sites.
  • PHP scores over other scripting languages by virtue of its ease-of-use and modification.

The synergistic effect of the above-mentioned benefits brought to the table by each separate component of the stack is that a LAMP solution becomes easy to code and easier still to deploy. What is more, an app using LAMP can be built locally and then deployed on the virtual space. A LAMP solution is also cost-efficient because each component of the stack is open source. The scalability provided by the PHP component adds to the cost efficiency of a LAMP solution.

Thus it is not hard to understand why LAMP solutions are deployed in so many Web 2.0 websites. Some common applications that use LAMP are e-commerce sites, social networking portals, content management systems, blogs and forums, and customer relationship management (CRM) tools. Many business owners also use LAMP solutions to run their in-house corporate applications.

A LAMP Success Story

LAMP solutions have been particularly successful in running client-facing applications, as exemplified by Digg.com, the popular news aggregation site that has maintained a consistently high performance through the years even with its high rate of growth. The secret of its success is no secret at all! Digg.com is powered by a LAMP solution.

The unique features and specific benefits of a LAMP solution enable extremely dynamic sites like Digg to dish out personalized Web pages that are constantly being changed. The flexibility and compatibility of a LAMP stack has enabled Digg developers to pair the stack with third-party app solutions that allow the site to benefit from technological developments like sharding (the practice of partitioning a database to segregate heavy data clusters for better management) and using partitioned and federated tables to manage the Big Data explosion.

The Digg example is just one amongst the many LAMP success stories. A LAMP solution admirably addresses the technological and financial challenges that the modern IT infrastructure has to counter; in fact, its adaptability to dynamic business needs is the prime reason why it is still going strong.

 

Sources

http://news.cnet.com/Open-source-LAMP-a-beacon-to-developers/2100-7344_3-5744767.html

http://www.plaveb.com/an-introduction-to-lamp-technology-and-its-benefits

http://www.direction.biz/open-source-development.htm

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9017778/How_Digg.com_uses_the_LAMP_stack_to_scale_upward_


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