NGNIX’s tagline is set to borrow Avis’s signature tagline, “When you’re number two, you try harder.” While Apache is much more popular, 50.7% compared to NGINX’s 14.4% – based on Netcraft’s web server count – NGINX is striving with its latest update, NGINX Plus Release 6 (R6), to challenge Apache for first place.
Indeed, NGINX claims, based on data from Web Technology Surveys, that its eponymous web server “now powers nearly half of the world’s top 10,000 sites and applications.” Additionally, NGINX powers Netflix, Pinterest, Airbnb, and many other high-volume sites.
The open-source NGINX has been so successful because it is very fast. It also uses far fewer resources than Apache or Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS). How? ‘Or’ What? NGINX is event-based: it does not spawn new processes or threads for each web page request. Therefore, as web server load increases, memory usage remains predictable.
With this new version, NGINX introduces many improvements. These include:
When you look at all these changes, it’s clear that NGINX is more than just a web server. It integrates high availability, load balancing, and email server support to provide businesses with a fast Internet services software stack.
As Owen Garrett, Chief Product Officer at NGINX, said in a statement, “NGINX Plus R6 represents a significant technical advancement in features that extend developer capabilities and improve overall application performance. with customers and the community to identify and solve some of the most common challenges businesses face with web application delivery, and we see the innovation behind R6 as a critical answer to these challenges and the needs of emerging markets . »
At the same time, NGINX is launching its Innovators program. This puts the commercial version of NIGNX in the hands of developers for free, if their startup makes less than $2 million in annual revenue and less than $10 million in fundraising.
The latest open source version, NGINX 1.7.12, is also available. It was last updated on April 7, 2015.