Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

Deliver Consistent, High-Performance Web Services
from Microsoft Azure with NGINX

Application Delivery in the Cloud

  • Deploy as a Service
  • Deliver Apps Faster
  • Secure Your Apps
  • Deploy from Azure Government
  • Integrate with Azure Active Directory
  • Buy on Azure Marketplace
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Deliver Modern Applications on Microsoft Azure with Just a Few Clicks

NGINX Plus, the familiar and trusted load balancing solution, is available natively on Azure. With NGINX for Azure, developers and DevOps teams can easily lift and shift on‑premises applications to the Azure cloud and deploy new, born-in-the-cloud services using NGINX.

Inherent advantages of NGINX for Azure include:

  • Securing your apps by authenticating and authorizing users and client applications with JSON Web Tokens (JWTs)
  • Ensuring reliability by intelligently routing requests only to services that are operational, as determined by active health checks

In addition, many Azure features make NGINX Plus management more convenient and efficient:

  • Native GitHub CI/CD workflows for creating or updating NGINX Plus configuration files make deployment fast and convenient; leverage Microsoft’s integrations with GitHub to manage Azure credentials and secrets.
  • Azure Monitor provides single‑pane visualization of key metrics across all your NGINX Plus deployments, and a comprehensive list of available, ready-to-use metrics makes it easy to customize monitoring.
  • Azure Key Vault safeguards your keys and secrets, simplifying and automating the tasks associated with tracking SSL and TLS certificates and increasing your control of security across your entire NGINX Plus estate.

Looking for consistent, high‑performance app delivery and web services?
NGINX Plus operates stand‑alone or can integrate with Azure services – such as existing load balancing solutions – to reduce your application delivery and management costs. NGINX Plus provides enterprise‑grade features such as session persistence, configuration via API, and active health checks so that you can add advanced application load balancing, monitoring and management to your Azure application stack.

Want to use the same WAF across all your environments – from on-prem to cloud to Kubernetes?
NGINX App Protect, our modern app‑security solution built on F5’s market‑leading security expertise, can do just that. Our security-as-code design philosophy makes it easy to integrate security into your agile and DevOps workflows. It easily integrates with NGINX Plus and NGINX Ingress Controller to protect your apps from a range of threats including OWASP Top 10 and beyond.

Together with Azure Government we enable government agencies and their partners to modernize apps and operate in a secure and compliant hybrid‑cloud environment. Improve your FIPS compliance by enabling FIPS mode on NGINX Plus, which ensures the clients talking to NGINX Plus are using a strong cipher with a trusted implementation.

For many organizations, Azure AD represents the single source of truth for the identities of employees and trusted users. By adding NGINX Plus, you can validate OpenID Connect tokens issued by Azure, enable JWT authentication, and implement role‑based access control (RBAC). The result is consolidated authentication and improved security.

NGINX Plus with NGINX App Protect