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Optimizing App Architecture, or Why NGINX Supports Over Half the Internet

With web-based applications shouldering much of the load of today’s work tools, enterprise IT practitioners have to shoulder the load of ensuring those apps function at maximum performance with minimum downtime. That’s why over half of the internet trusts NGINX and their respective technologies for web app hosting, routing, security, and concurrency. At June’s Cloud Field Day event, NGINX showcased the newest aspects of their product line, detailing how they fit into the bigger picture of the enterprise IT space.

Addressing App Architecture

Today’s enterprises require that their applications, both the ones they develop and the ones they leverage, are reliable and secure. Given the growing complexities of disaggregated environments and overarching threats of malware and ransomware today, actually achieving reliability and security in modern application infrastructure is far easier said than done.

Oftentimes, concurrency presents the biggest source of pain in maintaining application architecture. Juggling the various aspects of web traffic and instantaneous execution across a network takes dedicated IT staffing and high levels of technical expertise.

Solving Concurrency at Scale

NGINX is purpose-built to tackle the myriad of difficulties behind establishing your app’s architecture. Even if you haven’t heard of NGINX, you’ve most certainly encountered them before; over half of all websites on the internet rely on NGINX and NGINX-derived technologies, making them the most popular web server in the world.

NGINX’s dominance of the internet comes with good reason: their best-in-class offering leverages open-source architecture to provide practically all facets required to build secure, reliable web apps. Following their recent acquisition by F5 in 2019, NGINX has been able to accelerate their roadmap, furthering their goals in both their open-sourced and commercial offerings.

Part of that acceleration comes in the form of the NGINX Plus platform, shown above, which routes, hardens, and secures both apps and the APIs involved with them. The platform consists of multiple decentralized best-in-breed tools that, when used in tandem, can be deployed in various “flavors” to suit the needs of apps running off Kubernetes clusters and the like, including the capability to set up service meshes.

Delivering Modern Apps with NGINX

NGINX presented on these capabilities and more while attending June’s Cloud Field Day event. Among the many presentations, which include deep technical dives into several of NGINX’s products, Tubin Zavaria, NGINX VP of Marketing, showcased how NGINX’s products fit into the modern application architecture landscape.

Ultimately, according to Zavaria, NGINX and F5 products simplify the app architecture build process dramatically, providing a single set of tools that can be used to handle the majority of requirements behind building a reliable, secure application on the internet. For IT teams looking to be agile and save money at the same time, NGINX provides an effective method for building your app’s architecture from the ground up.

Zach’s Reaction

I am not at all surprised at NGINX’s dominance over the internet market. With a suite of tools that pave the way for app security and concurrency, NGINX is practically the standard for modern app architecture.

Learn more about NGINX by watching their technical demos from June’s Cloud Field Day event, visiting their website, or checking out their NGINX Sprint event, August 23-25.

About the author

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is the Technical/Content Writer at Gestalt IT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. A storyteller at heart, he loves being on the cutting edge of new technology and telling the world about it. When he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, music, and soccer.

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