Holiday Reading List 2015

The holiday season is a great time to catch up on reading and industry news, and also an important time to think about plans for the new year. We have a great pulse on what’s happening in the application delivery and performance industry and have been fortunate to grow as a leader in this space. In this post, we’re sharing some of our most visited and shared blog posts from 2015, and content we think excels.

We’ve published several posts throughout the year about the growing adoption of microservices architectures. In September, we launched nginScript – an exciting JavaScript-based scripting implementation for NGINX configuration. We then started a series about improving application performance, published blog posts about security, and released support for HTTP/2.

Here are our top 5 blog posts from 2015 that we think you’ll find useful:

1. Introduction to Microservices

Microservices-based architectures are becoming the modern standard for high-performance applications. Earlier this year we published the first in a 7-part series about designing, building, and deploying microservices. The posts in the series describe the various elements of microservices architecture, how those elements compare to more traditional architectures, and many different microservices use cases.

2. 10 Tips for 10x Performance

Application performance is more important than ever before. Countless studies have confirmed the correlation between increased page load time and decreased revenue and user engagement. Achieving high performance is not easy – in fact, even the biggest commerce platforms in the world face downtime and decreased application performance during critical times such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This post provides 10 tips for 10x application performance.

3. Mitigating DDoS Attacks with NGINX and NGINX Plus

DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent. In 2015, we saw several high-profile websites and applications become unavailable due to DDoS attacks. Fortunately, NGINX and NGINX Plus provide several valuable DDoS mitigation solutions that can be easily implemented to provide immediate protection.

4. Launching nginScript

At nginx.conf 2015 we launched nginScript – the next generation scripting technology for NGINX. Written in JavaScript, nginScript lets users do more with NGINX without having to write custom C modules, and will allow much more customizable and robust functionality. With nginScript users can defend against dynamic security threats, gain richer control over traffic, consolidate functions across applications, and speed application development with function libraries.

5. 7 Tips for Faster HTTP/2 Performance

This year we released support for HTTP/2 in NGINX and NGINX Plus. NGINX is now used by 57% of all websites and applications served through HTTP/2. This new protocol uses a single connection per server, delivers faster TLS performance, simplifies web applications, and supports greater security. Implementing HTTP/2 is easy, but it is not a magic bullet. This blog post discusses several issues to keep in mind, along with tips for faster HTTP/2 performance.

We hope that you’ll find these blog posts useful as 2016 approaches and your plans for new applications and updated application architectures progress. If you’ve found our blog posts useful this year, subscribe to updates from NGINX and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. We will continue to provide tips for improving application performance and delivery, share stories from our customers, host a variety of webinars, and publish a series of reports and ebooks.

All of us at NGINX wish you and yours a happy holiday, a great new year, and continued success.

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