NGINX Plus as a Virtual Load Balancer

Although virtual machines have been overshadowed in recent years by the buzz around containers, their use continues to increase. NGINX and NGINX Plus are widely used as a virtual load balancer in such deployments. In this article we spell out the many advantages of virtual load balancers for many use cases and describe how to quickly… Continue reading ›

Docker Swarm Load Balancing with NGINX and NGINX Plus

At nginx.conf 2016 in Austin this September, I gave a presentation on using NGINX and NGINX Plus in a Docker Swarm cluster. In this post I discuss how to use NGINX and NGINX Plus for Docker Swarm load balancing in conjunction with the features introduced in Docker 1.12. All files I used during my demo at nginx.conf (and more)… Continue reading ›

Using NGINX Plus for Backend Upgrades with Zero Downtime, Part 3: Application Version

This is the third of three articles in our series about using NGINX Plus to upgrade backend servers with zero downtime. In the first article, we describe the two NGINX Plus features you can use for backend upgrades with zero downtime – the on-the-fly reconfiguration API and application‑aware health checks – and discuss the advantages of each method. In… Continue reading ›

Using NGINX Plus for Backend Upgrades with Zero Downtime, Part 2: Individual Servers

This is the second of three articles in our series about using NGINX Plus to upgrade backend servers with zero downtime. In the first article, we describe the two NGINX Plus features you can use for backend upgrades with zero downtime – the on-the-fly reconfiguration API and application health checks – and discuss the advantages of each method. In… Continue reading ›

Using NGINX Plus for Backend Upgrades with Zero Downtime, Part 1: Overview

Upgrading backend servers in a production environment can be a challenge for your operations or DevOps team, whether they are dealing with an individual server or upgrading an application by moving to a new set of servers. Putting upstream servers behind NGINX Plus can make the upgrade process much more manageable while also eliminating or greatly… Continue reading ›

NGINX and NGINX Plus Everywhere

The open source NGINX software and NGINX Plus, the commercially supported product built on NGINX, have become the application delivery platform for the most demanding web sites and applications in the world. Combined they now power over 50% of the world’s 10,000 busiest websites. NGINX and NGINX Plus provide flexibility, power, and simplicity on a scale that… Continue reading ›

Using NGINX Logging for Application Performance Monitoring

The live activity monitoring dashboard and API in NGINX Plus track many system metrics that you can use to analyze the load and performance of your system. If you need request-level information, the access logging in NGINX and NGINX Plus is very flexible – you can configure which data is logged, selecting from the large number… Continue reading ›

Deploying NGINX Plus in the ProfitBricks Cloud

ProfitsBricks is a cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform that launched in 2012. It lets you easily and quickly deploy high-performance yet cost-effective solutions in the cloud. It is easy to deploy NGINX Plus on ProfitBricks for use as a complete application delivery platform with advanced load balancing, caching, web serving, and media streaming capabilities,… Continue reading ›

Mitigating DDoS Attacks with NGINX and NGINX Plus

A Distributed Denial‑of‑Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make a service, usually a website, unavailable by bombarding it with so much traffic from multiple machines that the server providing the service is no longer able to function correctly because of resource exhaustion. Typically, the attacker tries to saturate a system with so many connections and… Continue reading ›

Announcing NGINX Plus Professional Services Packages

Since NGINX, Inc. was founded in 2011, our Professional Services team has helped some of the busiest websites in the world install, configure, and tune NGINX Plus. Now we’re introducing Professional Services packages that feature the types of service engagements our customers request most, so you can get the expert advice and assistance you need even faster.

And when we say expert, we mean it. The Professional Services team works directly with the developers who write and maintain NGINX and NGINX Plus. You get access to engineers who specialize in total application delivery, including load balancing, content caching, media streaming, and web serving. Continue reading ›