Inside NGINX’s First Commerical Product

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Accounting for nearly 35 percent of the top 1,000 busiest websites and over 15 percent of all the websites in the world, web server developer NGINX has become theĀ fastest growing web server.

Since forming as a company in 2011, the NGINX team has been working hard to add new features to its open source-based web server software, including the recent release of NGINX’s WebSocket Protocol 1.3.

With the help of NGINX’s $3 million investment in October 2011, the NGINX engineering team has developedĀ a software that enables high performance web architectures to ultimately improve user experience, while remaining a cost-effective solution for even the smallest website owner.

And now the company is taking the next step forward with the launch of its first commercial product, NGINX Plus, a fully-supported version of its open source software counterpart, with advanced features.

“The product is completely built on the open source core of NGINX product,” NGINX CEO Gus Robertson said in a phone interview with the WHIR. “We’ve added some advanced features, specifically around monitoring, application health checks, dynamic management and configuration, and additional load balancing and media streaming. We’ve wrapped that around a full support offering of either standard or premium support.”

The software provides a flexible, scalable, uniformly applicable solution that is custom built for modern, distributed application architectures.

NGINX Plus is developed and supported by the core engineering team at NGINX, and is now available on a subscription basis for $1,350 a year.

The product comes equipped with a range of new advanced features, including application health checking, commercial-grade activity monitoring, advanced load balancing, dynamic on-the-fly reconfiguration, extended logging capabilities, high availability setup, and adaptive media streaming.

“Over the last seven months that I’ve been with the company we’ve been talking to many of our high level customers and understanding how they’ve using the product and the different ways in which they are adapting NGINX to their environment,” Robertson said.

“We found that there were many features that are required to run NGINX in a production mission-critical environment– and we’re talking about the top 1,000 busiest websites in the world,” he said. “We’re taking those features and making them available to anyone who wants to run NGINX on their website or web application, and get those performance and management advantages.”

In addition to the new advanced features, NGINX has introduced three new services for NGINX Plus customers, including configuration and performance tuning, performance optimization and technical account management.

In addition, NGINX Plus is tested and certified for use in production on Amazon Linux, RedHat, CentOS, Ubuntu, and Debian.

“With me joining the company in December of last year, we’ve put a very heavy effort into understanding where our customers want us to take the technology and where they need added value to run NGINX in a production environment,” Robertson said. “The feedback has been overwhelming. Our customers want support from the offices of NGINX, they want to reduce the complexity of managing their environment, and they wanted these advanced features.”

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