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. In addition to its HTTP server capabilities, NGINX can also function as a proxy server for email (IMAP, POP3, and SMTP) and a reverse proxy and load balancer for HTTP, TCP, and UDP servers.
What Can NGINX and NGINX Plus Do for You?
NGINX Plus and NGINX are the best-in-class web server and application delivery solutions used by high‑traffic websites such as Dropbox, Netflix, and Zynga. More than 400 million websites worldwide rely on NGINX Plus and NGINX Open Source to deliver their content quickly, reliably, and securely.
1) 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 Plus supports on-the-fly reconfiguration and integrates with modern DevOps tools for easier monitoring.
2) NGINX is a multifunction tool. With NGINX, you can use the same tool as your load balancer, reverse proxy, content cache, and web server, minimizing the amount of tooling and configuration your organization needs to maintain. NGINX offers tutorials, webinars, and a wide array of documentation to get you on your feet. NGINX Plus includes rapid-response customer support, so you can easily get help diagnosing any part of your stack that uses NGINX or NGINX Plus.