Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

Note: If you’re interested in moving off of Cisco ACE, check out our new step-by-step ebook, Cisco ACE to NGINX: Migration Guide

With the announcement by Cisco that they are discontinuing development of their Application Control Engine (ACE) load balancer, enterprises that have deployed ACE load balancers are faced with the challenge of finding an alternative for their load‑balancing needs. The saying that “there are no challenges, only opportunities” is particularly relevant in this case.

Companies have the opportunity to chart a new and better course. Rather then replacing one expensive and inflexible proprietary hardware appliance with another, they can move into the future with NGINX Plus, an extremely cost effective and flexible software‑based load balancing solution that can easily and quickly be deployed on commodity hardware, in a virtualized environment, or in the cloud. NGINX Plus is already used at many of the busiest websites in the world, so it is known for its extreme scalability but it also brings the rich Layer 7 load‑balancing functionality of a modern application delivery controller (ADC).

Caching, compression, SSL offload, flexible request routing, full content manipulation, health checks, scripting, and video streaming are just some of the features available, backed by 24/7 support and professional services delivered by the engineers behind NGINX Plus and NGINX Open Source. For a detailed list of features, see the feature comparison and Technical Specifications for NGINX Plus.

If you are looking to replace your Cisco ACE deployment, you owe it to yourself to check out NGINX Plus and future-proof your environment with a modern approach to the ADC. Check out our detailed Cisco ACE to NGINX: Migration Guide.

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About The Author

Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson

RVP, Solution Engineering

Rick Nelson is the Manager of Pre‑Sales, with over 30 years of experience in technical and leadership roles at a variety of technology companies, including Riverbed Technology. From virtualization to load balancing to accelerating application delivery, Rick brings deep technical expertise and a proven approach to maximizing customer success.

About F5 NGINX

F5, Inc. is the company behind NGINX, the popular open source project. We offer a suite of technologies for developing and delivering modern applications. Together with F5, our combined solution bridges the gap between NetOps and DevOps, with multi-cloud application services that span from code to customer.

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