For the user of your app or the visitor of your website, the reliability and stability of the underlying web server is crucial. Both want to be sure that their user experience will be smooth, without delays or connection problems. And this, even when your server has to process thousands of requests simultaneously.
With Nginx, you can offer yourself and your users that peace of mind in the form of:
Nginx is a powerful open-source HTTP web server that can also serve as reverse proxy server, e-mail proxy server and load balancer.
The dedicated technology uses small, predictable amounts of memory and delivers phenomenal performance. And this, even when thousands of requests have to be processed simultaneously.
Nginx is used by a lot of high-traffic, content-rich websites such as Netflix, Hulu, Pinterest, Airbnb, WordPress.com, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Adobe, Facebook, Cisco, Apple, LinkedIn, and many others.
Nginx has many benefits to offer to your organisation.
Nginx was primarily developed to deliver exceptional performance. Especially in situations involving a lot of static content or a large number of simultaneous connections.
Memory usage remains limited, even with a large number of connections. As a result, the risk of overloading is very small.
The configuration files contain many examples, allowing Nginx to be configured quickly and intuitively.
Nginx can be used as a web server, a reverse proxy server, a load balancer, and also as an e-mail proxy server.
Nginx was designed to handle as many simultaneous connections as possible while using as little memory as possible. Nginx uses an asynchronous, event-driven approach that processes requests within a single thread.
This allows a single master process to support multiple work processes while handling the processing of requests. The fact that Nginx works asynchronously means that multiple requests can be processed simultaneously without the risk of overloading the system.
An important task of Nginx as a reverse proxy server is caching. In this process, Nginx stores the HTTP response of a web server in its memory. When Nginx receives an HTTP request from a browser, it will then send the stored HTTP response without having to connect to the web server.
In this way, Nginx acts as an "origin shield" that protects web servers from overloading.
In addition, Nginx can make adjustments to requests and responses so that certain calculations do not have to be performed on the web server.