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Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus
Wondering about the value you gain from upgrading from NGINX Open Source to NGINX Plus?

Check out this side-by-side comparison of popular features and use cases.

 

Features
NGINX Open Source
NGINX Plus
NGINXaaS for Azure
Load balancer
    HTTP and TCP/UDP support
Yes
Yes
HTTP only
    Layer 7 request routing
Yes
Yes
Yes
    Session persistence
Yes
Yes
Yes
    Active health checks
No
Yes
Yes
    DNS service‑discovery integration
No
Yes
Yes
Content cache
    Static and dynamic content caching
Yes
Yes
Yes
    Cache‑purging API
No
Yes
No
Web server and reverse proxy
    Origin server for static content
Yes
Yes
No
    Reverse proxy: HTTP, FastCGI, memcached, SCGI, uwsgi
Yes
Yes
HTTP, FastCGI
    HTTP/2 gateway
Yes
Yes
No
    gRPC proxy
Yes
Yes
No
    HTTP/2 server push
Yes
Yes
No
Security controls
    HTTP Basic Authentication
Yes
Yes
Yes
    HTTP authentication subrequests
Yes
Yes
Yes
    IP address‑based access control lists
Yes
Yes
Yes
    Rate limiting
Yes
Yes
Yes
    Dual‑stack RSA/ECC SSL/TLS offload
Yes
Yes
Yes
    TLS 1.3 support
Yes
Yes
Yes
    JWT authentication
No
Yes
Yes
    OpenID Connect single sign‑on (SSO)
No
Yes
Yes
    NGINX App Protect (additional cost)
No
Yes
No
    Monitoring
    Export to external monitoring tools
Yes
Yes
Azure Monitor
    Built-in dashboard
No
Yes
No
    Extended status with 100+ additional metrics
No
Yes
Yes
High availability (HA)
    Active‑active and active‑passive modes
No
Yes
Active-active
    Configuration synchronization across cluster
No
Yes
Yes
    State sharing: sticky‑learn session persistence, rate limiting, key‑value stores
No
Yes
No
Programmability
    NGINX JavaScript module
Yes
Yes
Yes
    NGINX Plus API for dynamic reconfiguration
No
Yes
N/A
    Key‑value store
No
Yes
Azure Key Vault
    Dynamic reconfiguration without process reloads
No
Yes
Graceful restart
Streaming media
    Live streaming: RTMP, HLS, DASH
Yes
Yes
Yes
    VOD: Flash (FLV), MP4
Yes
Yes
Yes
    Adaptive bitrate VOD: HLS, HDS
No
Yes
No
    MP4 bandwidth controls
No
Yes
No
Third-party ecosystem
    Ingress controller
Yes
Yes
No
    OpenShift Router
Yes
Yes
No
    Dynamic modules repository
No
Yes
Only NGINX JavaScript
    Deployable as a service
No
No
On Azure
Commercial support
No
Yes
Yes