Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

Support for Additional Protocol Makes NGINX the Most Complete Solution for Delivering Applications with Performance and Scale

San Francisco – March 15, 2016NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced the availability of additional load balancing capabilities to support the User Datagram Protocol (UDP). These new features build on NGINX’s existing Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and HTTP load balancing capabilities, and make it a powerful, easy-to-use, and consistent front-end for a wide range of web and mobile applications.

UDP is quickly emerging as one of the protocols-of-choice for new Internet of Things (IoT) applications due to its low-bandwidth requirements. For today’s digital businesses, UDP ensures the highest-level of application and Web performance for organizations that hope to capitalize on the rise of large volumes of traffic and data generated by the IoT. With NGINX used as a load balancer and application delivery platform, developers and organizations can ensure their new IoT applications can easily achieve high performance, security, and scale, and aren’t overloaded by growth and traffic spikes.

“Load balancing is a fundamental tool for boosting web and application performance and scalability,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc. “Whether you’re delivering applications based on HTTP, TCP, or UDP protocols, you can rely on NGINX and NGINX Plus to deliver high-availability, reliability, scalability, and performance, all from a single, lightweight application. We’re very excited with this release, and it’s potential to bring high-performance load balancing and flawless application delivery to IoT applications.”

The addition of UDP load balancing capabilities will address two key use cases: high availability and horizontal scaling. For today’s digital businesses, there is tremendous value in deploying a highly available and reliable load balancer in front of a number of UDP servers, which will monitor the state and availability of the application. Should an individual UDP server become overloaded or unavailable, the organization can continue communicating with the load balancer, unaware that one of the UDP servers is unavailable and without suffering a costly timeout.

For high-capacity environments when multiple UDP servers are required to share the load generated by clients, the ability of NGINX’s load balancing solution to spread that load across those servers becomes invaluable. As UDP users are typically aware of only a pair of UDP servers, scaling out to multiple servers requires this level of load balancer. The load balancer itself is aware of all of the UDP servers while allowing the user to only monitor one or two, saving valuable manpower and time, and ensuring peak performance for the application.

UDP load balancing is available today via the open source NGINX software repository. Extended management and monitoring capabilities will soon be made available through the commercial application delivery platform, NGINX Plus.

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About NGINX, Inc.

NGINX is the heart of the modern web — helping some of the world’s most innovative companies deliver their sites and applications with performance, reliability, security, and scale. The company offers an industry award-winning, comprehensive application delivery solution in use on more than 120 million sites worldwide. Companies around the world rely on NGINX for ensuring a seamless web and mobile user experience through advanced load balancing, content caching, media streaming, application monitoring, and more. Half of the Internet’s largest websites rely on NGINX, including Airbnb, Box, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Zappos, and more. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Moscow and London.



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