Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

Enterprise-Class Availability, Security, and Visibility for Apps

Deployed at the central point of entry into a Kubernetes cluster, NGINX Ingress Controller reduces complexity, increases uptime, and provides better insights into app health and performance at scale.

kubernetes environment

Why Use NGINX Ingress Controller?

  • Reduce Complexity
  • Increase Uptime
  • Strengthen Protection
  • Improve Visibility
  • Release Apps Faster
NGINX Ingress Controller ecosystem

Simplify Operations

NGINX Ingress Controller reduces tool sprawl through technology consolidation:

  • A universal Kubernetes-native tool for implementing API gateways, load balancers, and Ingress controllers at the edge of a Kubernetes cluster
  • The same data and control planes across any hybrid, multi-cloud environment
  • Tight and seamless integration with NGINX Service Mesh for unified app connectivity to, from, and within the cluster
Topology diagram of exposing Kubernetes services with an Ingress controller

Deliver Apps Without Disruption

NGINX Ingress Controller ensures availability of business-critical apps at all times with:

  • Layer 7 (HTTP/HTTPS, HTTP/2, gRPC, WebSocket) and Layer 4 (TCP/UDP) load balancing with advanced distribution methods and active health checks
  • Blue-green and canary deployments to avoid downtime when rolling out a new version of an app
  • Dynamic reconfiguration, rate limiting, circuit breaking, and request buffering to prevent connection timeouts and errors during topology changes, extremely high request rates, and service failures
Secure Kubernetes connectivity with zero trust security

Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats

Integrate strong security controls at the edge of a Kubernetes cluster with NGINX Ingress Controller:

  • Manage user and service identities and their authorized access and actions with HTTP Basic authentication, JSON Web Tokens (JWTs), OpenID Connect (OIDC), and role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Secure incoming and outgoing communications through end-to-end encryption (SSL/TLS passthrough, TLS termination)
  • Protect apps from the OWASP Top 10 and Layer 7 DoS attacks through integration with optional NGINX App Protect modules
kubernetes dashboard

Gain Better Insight

Achieve better visibility into app health and performance with more than 200 granular metrics monitored and reported by NGINX Ingress Controller:

  • Reduce outages and downtime by discovering problems before they impact your customers
  • Simplify troubleshooting by finding the root cause of app issues quickly
  • Collect, monitor, and analyze your data through prebuilt integrations with your favorite ecosystem tools, including OpenTelemetry, Grafana, Prometheus, and Jaeger
Topology diagram for full self-service in a Kubernetes cluster, where administrators only deploy and expose NGINX Ingress Controller; developers then deploy applications within an assigned namespace without involving the administrator

Speed Up Releases

Deliver apps faster and easier with NGINX Ingress Controller:

  • Focus on implementing core business expertise and functionality within the app
  • Offload security and other non-functional requirements to the platform layer
  • Enable self-service governance across multiple platform and development teams

Deploy on Any Kubernetes Platform, Including:

  • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
  • Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)
  • Red Hat OpenShift
  • SUSE Rancher
  • VMware Tanzu
  • Any other Kubernetes-conformant platform

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