The Engine X

NGINX or engine X is a Web server and a reverse proxy server technology. You could deploy NGINX Server for various web traffic protocols. This server has been built with a strong focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. This web server is free to use and licensed under a BSD-like license and it runs on UNIX, Linux, BSD variants. It also runs on Mac OS X, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows.
NGINX – web server is quick to deliver various static content. I also use system resources very efficiently. Its dynamic HTTP content over a network uses FastCGI handlers for scripts. On top of that it can serve as an efficient software load balancer.
Asynchronous event-driven approach allows it to handle requests which provide more predictable performance under load, in contrast to the Apache HTTP server model that uses a threaded or process-oriented approach to handling requests.
Originally, NGINX was developed to fill the needs of various websites run by Rambler. it was serving 500 million requests per day as of September 2008. According to Netcraft’s November 2011 Web Server Survey, NG was found to be the third most widely used web server across all domains (8.5% of surveyed sites) and the third most widely used web server for all “active” sites (11.6% of surveyed sites). According to Built With, it is used on 11.88% of the top 10 000 websites, and its growth within the top 10k, 100k and 1 million segments is increasing.
According to Wikipedia
“Open source web server developer NGINX has received $3 million in a fully subscribed Series A round. Today NGINX powers over 40,000,000 domains on the Internet, and over 20% of the top 1000 busiest websites around the world, including Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, LivingSocial, Hulu, TechCrunch, Dropbox and WordPress.
“Several of the companies we invested in were able to solve significant scaling issues by switching their web platforms to NGINX,” said Thomas Gieselmann of BV Capital. “NGINX transparently and effectively enables the growth of the largest sites on the Internet today.”


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