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Company Receives Highest Score for Two Use Cases in Modern Application Delivery in 2016 Critical Capabilities Reports for ADC

San Francisco – September 6, 2016NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced it has been recognized by Gartner in both its Magic Quadrant1 and Critical Capabilities2 Reports for the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market for 2016. NGINX received the highest scores in use cases for Mode 2 Application Development and Mode 1/Mode 2 Hybrid ADC in the Critical Capabilities report, which the company believes put at the forefront of a larger industry shift happening across the ADC landscape – away from hardware and traditional approaches toward flexible and scalable solutions for modern applications built in the cloud or hybrid environments.

As the first and only open source vendor to be evaluated in the ADC Magic Quadrant, NGINX believes it is in a unique position of providing a sophisticated and rapid to deploy software offering which is developed based on usage by a community of millions of users and through direct feedback from its customers. Its commercial offering, NGINX Plus, extends open source NGINX with advanced features and award-winning support for an enterprise ready solution.

“Open source vendors are playing a critical role in driving the performance, reliability, security, and scale of modern day applications,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc. “The ADC market is another great example of open source gaining tremendous clout and market-share by offering a more focused and lean solution to load balancing tooling. The ability to innovate faster and offer a more agile product is disrupting the ADC market, and helping it to grow alongside today’s digital businesses.”

According to the Magic Quadrant Report, a ‘divergence of ADC buying requirements is driving change and innovation in the market. This change and bifurcation is a microcosm of what Gartner refers to as “bimodal” work style, which combines the conventional capabilities of IT alongside a capability to respond to the level of uncertainty and the need for agility required for a digital transformation.’

“The growing shift towards modern Mode 2 application development is going mainstream in the enterprise, as organizations are seizing the opportunity to transition to the modern web. This evolution in the development process inevitably favors companies that offer software-based and application native load balancing tools like NGINX,” remarked Owen Garrett, Head of Products at NGINX, Inc. “We’re proud to be recognized with the highest scores for our Critical Capabilities in Mode 2 Application Development and Mode 1/Mode 2 Hybrid ADC use cases, which we believe puts us at the forefront of this growing application delivery trend.”

NGINX Plus customers have recognized that a new approach is necessary to achieve the speed and agility to bring new services to market. They have also seen significant cost savings with NGINX’s load balancing of up to 50-75% over legacy hardware-based competitors.

“Because we are dealing with a firehose of data from sources like Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, we needed to come up with a different solution in order to process that amount of traffic. Traditional hardware load balancers are expensive, and they lacked the flexibility and scale we needed,” said AJ Wilson, Vice President of Operations at IgnitionOne. “We selected NGINX Plus because it can scale enough to handle the load that we’re talking about, giving us confidence that we can deliver with the solution. With NGINX Plus, we’re able to process four to five times the volume that we were processing in the past with our hardware load balancers.”

Current and prospective NGINX users can also learn more about NGINX’s ADC offerings and other capabilities at this year’s annual user conference, nginx.conf 2016, September 7-9 in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit or follow along on Twitter @nginx.

To learn more about open source NGINX and the added benefits of NGINX Plus, visit:

To view the full text of the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers and Critical Capabilities reports, visit:

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[1] Gartner “[Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers]” by [Andrew Lerner, Joe Skorupa, Danilo Ciscato], [August 29, 2016].
[2] Gartner “[Critical Capabilities for Application Delivery Controllers]” by [Mark Fabbi, Danilo Ciscato, Andrew Lerner], [August 29, 2016].

About NGINX, Inc.

NGINX is the heart of the modern web – helping the world’s most innovative companies deliver their sites and applications with performance, reliability, security, and scale. The company offers an award-winning, comprehensive application delivery platform in use on more than 180 million sites worldwide. Companies around the world rely on NGINX to ensure flawless digital experiences through features such as advanced load balancing, web and mobile acceleration, security controls, application monitoring, and management. More than half of the Internet’s busiest websites rely on NGINX, including Airbnb, Box, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, SoundCloud, and Zappos. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Moscow and London. Learn more at


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