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Reverse Proxy Using NGINX Plus

NGINX has gained justifiable fame as a very high‑performance web server. I think many people realize that NGINX can also be used as a reverse proxy, but they might not be aware of just what a powerful reverse proxy it is. What Is a Reverse Proxy? Let's start by taking a step back and asking,…

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NGINX and the Heartbleed Vulnerability

Are NGINX and NGINX Plus Vulnerable to the Heartbleed Vulnerability in OpenSSL? The Heartbleed bug (see heartbleed.com and the OpenSSL advisory) is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, announced on April 7,  2014. It allows access to up to 64 KB of internal memory in affected servers, which potentially exposes sensitive information including SSL…

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Replacing Cisco ACE 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 highest volume 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).

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Load Balancing with NGINX and NGINX Plus, Part 2

In Load Balancing with NGINX and NGINX Plus, Part 1, we set up a simple HTTP proxy to load balance traffic across several web servers. In this article, we'll look at additional features, some of them available in NGINX Plus: performance optimization with keepalives, health checks, session persistence, redirects, and content rewriting. For details of the load‑balancing features in NGINX and…

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Load Balancing with NGINX and NGINX Plus, Part 1

NGINX is a capable accelerating proxy for a wide range of HTTP‑based applications. Its caching, HTTP connection processing, and offload significantly increase application performance, particularly during periods of high load. Editor – NGINX Plus Release 5 and later can also load balance TCP-based applications. TCP load balancing was significantly extended in Release 6 by the addition of health checks,…

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