Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

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In this Ebook you will learn:

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    How NGINX fits as a complement or replacement for existing API gateway and API management approaches

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    How to take an existing NGINX Open Source or NGINX Plus configuration and extend it to also manage API traffic

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    How to create a range of safeguards that can be applied to protect and secure backend API services in production

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    How to deploy NGINX as an API gateway for gRPC services

About the Ebook

Enterprises use NGINX load‑balancing features to complement existing hardware ADCs, or even to replace them, and while converting applications from monoliths to microservices. Among the many use cases for NGINX, the API gateway use case is becoming increasingly widespread, especially when consolidating load balancers and API gateways into a single solution.

We show you how to extend NGINX to manage API traffic in a comprehensive set of use cases. We start off with information about configuring the API gateway for single‑service and microservices APIs, rewriting client requests, responding to errors, and authenticating users. Then you learn how to secure the gateway with rate limiting, access controls, limits on request methods and size, and other techniques. Finally, we explain how to publish gRPC services.

With NGINX for API management, you tap into the high performance, reliability, robust community support, and advanced functionality and professional support (for NGINX Plus customers) that NGINX is famous for.

About the Authors

Liam Crilly

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Liam Crilly

Director of Product Management F5
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