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What is NGINX?

NGINX, which became a part of F5 in 2019, is the company famous for its open-source web server that can also serve as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy, and HTTP cache, which is also named NGINX. It started as a web server for high performance and stability. With F5, NGINX aims to bridge the gap between NetOps and DevOps with multi-cloud application services.

NGINX was created by Igor Sysoev and released publicly in 2004. Sysoev, who began working on the project in 2002, designed NGINX to solve the C10K problem, the difficulty of handling large numbers of concurrent connections. The project was open-sourced in 2004 and gained huge popularity. The software was serving 500 million requests per day in 2008.

NGINX Plus includes active health checks, session persistence based on cookies, DNS-service-discovery integration, Cache Purging API, AppDynamic, Datalog, Dynatrace New Relic plug-ins, Active-Active HA with config sync, Key-Value Store, and WAF dynamic module.

Sysoev became the co-founder of NGINX in 2011 to continue the development of NGINX and to market NGINX Plus, a paid software, with additional features for enterprises. The company raised $3 million in 2011, $10 million in the Series B investment round in 2013, $43 million in Series C Funding in 2018, and in the March of 2019, F5 Networks acquired NGINX for $670 million.


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