Nginx Plus Moves Open-Source Web Server Forward
The new commercial Web server product bundles high availability and enterprise features on top of an open-source core.Nginx, the commercial vendor behind the open-source Nginx Web server, is growing its solution portfolio this week with the release of the Nginx Plus Web server. Nginx Plus provides a bundled package that delivers additional enterprise capabilities to organizations, including application health checking, load balancing and high availability. The open-source Nginx Web server has emerged as one of the most popular technologies on the Web today, gaining share in a market that is still dominated by Apache. Nginx has been offering commercial support options for the open-source Nginx Web server since at least 2012. Gus Robertson, CEO of Nginx, explained to eWEEK that the new capabilities in Nginx Plus were developed with his company's in-house engineering team. "They are additions to what is already available in the open-source product and community today," Robertson said. Among the features in Nginx Plus are high availability and load balancing capabilities. Many users today will deploy the open-source Varnish caching technology and/or the HAProxy open-source load balancer along with Nginx.
Andrew Alexeev, co-founder of Nginx, told eWEEK that the additional features in Nginx Plus go beyond what do-it-yourself solutions for Nginx deployment might offer. "There is no question that you can do a lot yourself. You can combine Varnish and HA-proxy with Nginx, that's totally fine," Alexeev said. "But there are customers that don't want to do it themselves and want to reduce the complexity."