NGINX is open source software for web serving, reverse proxying, caching, load balancing, media streaming, and more. It started out as a web server designed for maximum performance and stability.
With its event-driven, asynchronous architecture, NGINX has revolutionised how servers operate in high-performance contexts and became the fastest web server available.
The goal behind NGINX was to create the fastest web server around, and maintaining that excellence is still a central goal of the project. NGINX consistently beats Apache and other servers in benchmarks measuring web server performance.
Features of NGINX
- NGINX makes hardware load balancers obsolete. As a software-only open source load balancer, NGINX is less expensive and more configurable than hardware load balancers and is designed for modern cloud architectures.
- NGINX is a multifunction tool. With NGINX, you can use the same tool as your load balancer, reverse proxy, content cache, and web server, minimising the amount of tooling and configuration your organisation needs to maintain.
- NGINX keeps evolving. For the past decade, NGINX has been at the forefront of the development of the modern Web and has helped lead the way on everything from HTTP/2 to micro services support.