Announcing General Availability of the NGINX API Management Solution

2019-01-23 KENNETH 0

Announcing General Availability of the NGINX API Management Solution Are you thinking about building a digital marketplace where you can expose APIs for your products and services? Or are you building an internal application using microservices that connect via API calls? If so, you need an API management solution. Unfortunately, first‑generation API management solutions are inadequate. They are too complex and deliver poor performance, especially as you embark on a journey toward microservices. As the industry’s most‑trusted API gateway, we knew we could do better. We knew we could modernize full API lifecycle management. That’s why we’re excited to announce general availability of the API Management Module for NGINX Controller. The API Management Module is a next‑generation API management solution that enables I&O teams to define and publish APIs, manage traffic to and secure backend applications, monitor performance issues, and analyze [ more… ]

Do You Really Need Different Kinds of API Gateways? (Hint: No!)

2019-01-11 KENNETH 0

Do You Really Need Different Kinds of API Gateways? (Hint: No!) div.indent { margin-left: 30px; } API gateways are the bedrock of API infrastructure. API gateways secure and mediate traffic between backend applications that expose their APIs and the consumers of the APIs. For example, API gateways can manage the API traffic generated by calls from a mobile application like Uber to a backend application like Google Maps. API gateway functionality includes authenticating API calls, routing requests to appropriate backends, applying rate limits to prevent overloading your systems, mitigating DDoS attacks, offloading SSL/TLS traffic to improve performance, and handling errors and exceptions. To generate new sources of revenue, enterprises are developing external APIs that third‑party developers can use to build applications. They are also exposing APIs to simplify business processes. And to support these new digital business models, enterprises need [ more… ]

How to Augment or Replace Your F5 Hardware Load Balancer with NGINX

2019-01-03 KENNETH 0

How to Augment or Replace Your F5 Hardware Load Balancer with NGINX “No one owns a fax machine anymore.” That’s how NGINX CEO Gus Robertson recently concluded a story about a frustrating experience with his insurance company. Gus needed to update his policy and his insurance company required that he fax a form to execute the change. Times have changed and Gus’ insurance company is not keeping up. Consumers interact with their preferred brands via email, social channels, and websites, all accessed from their mobile phones. Case in point – to update his policy, Gus downloaded a “send a fax” app, took a photo of the form with his mobile phone, and sent the photo as a fax from the phone. Complicated as that was, it was easier than finding a fax machine. Put simply: Fax machines are analog devices in a [ more… ]

NGINX Load Balancing Deployment Scenarios

2019-01-02 KENNETH 0

NGINX Load Balancing Deployment Scenarios We are increasingly seeing NGINX Plus used as a load balancer or application delivery controller (ADC) in a number of deployment scenarios and this post describes some of the most common ones. We discuss why customers are using the different deployment scenarios, some things to consider when using each scenario, and some likely migration paths from one to another. If you’re ready to get started or have any questions about how NGINX Plus can best meet your needs, contact us and speak with a Technical Solutions Architect. Introduction Many companies are looking to move away from hardware load balancers and to NGINX Plus to deliver their applications. There can be many drivers for this decision: to give the application teams more control of application load balancing; to move to virtualization or the cloud, where it is not possible to use hardware appliances; to employ [ more… ]

Using NGINX and NGINX Plus as a Web Server

2019-01-02 KENNETH 0

Using NGINX and NGINX Plus as a Web Server 2019 update: NGINX has now passed Apache to become the most popular web server for the top 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1 Million busiest websites in the world. Why is NGINX seeing such wide and increasing adoption and why should you consider using NGINX or NGINX Plus as your web server? Why NGINX? NGINX is much more than just a web server. Traditionally, the web server and the application delivery controller (ADC) or reverse‑proxy load balancer have been deployed as separate components of a web application delivery solution. But creating a scalable and high‑performance web server or ADC requires many of the same techniques. In many environments, one reason to deploy an ADC is to mitigate performance problems with the web server. By combining the ADC and web server into a single tool, NGINX [ more… ]