Nginx’s first commercial release is a Plus

One of the world’s most popular web servers; used by heavyweights including Netflix, Hulu, Pinterest, AirBnB,, GitHub, SoundCloud, Zynga, Eventbrite and Zappos – has had a new release with commercial ambitions, under the guise of Nginx Plus.

Heading to market as an alternative to Application Delivery Controllers such as Citrix’s; they are used to speed delivery of high traffic websites through load balancing and caching techniques.

“The features that have been added are very similar to what you’d find in hardware-based ADCs,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of Nginx. “We’re an alternative to Apache, but I think we’re also an alternative to hardware-based application delivery controllers.”

Administrators will hope this latest release will carry the same level of ability to handle large amounts of traffic that Nginx has begun to make its name for – over rivals such as Apache.

Being featured on over 1,000 of the busiest websites is a testament to how trusted Nginx (pronounced “Engine X”) solution actually is within the industry.

The first version was launched in 2004 by Russian system administrator Igor Sysoev; who became frustrated with the limitations of the market-leading Apache Web server software. Since, the company has been on a fairly meteoric rise; attracting $3 million USD in first-round venture capital funding after opening the company in 2011.

This latest release marks the company’s first commercial product; costing $1,350 USD/year for each instance used. Nginx Plus should run on any standard Linux distribution, but has been certified for use on Amazon Linux, Red Hat, CentOS, Ubuntu, and Debian.

One of the biggest advantages is the ability to make changes “on the fly” without requiring a full restart of the system anytime an update is made; greatly reducing costs relating to uptime.

Nginx co-founder and head of business development, Andrew Alexeev, says: “The advanced functionality enhances the capabilities of Nginx in regards to load balancing, request routing, health monitoring and general control and monitoring of Nginx instances in mission critical environments.”

What do you think about Nginx’s first commercial release? Will you be giving it a try?

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