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Nginx 1.6 now ready for download

JAX Editorial Team

HTTP and reverse proxy server used by over 15% of all sites undergoes a series of SSL updates, as well as a few network protocol tweaks.

Version 1.6 of HTTP and
reverse proxy server Nginx is now fully cooked and ready for
download. The new release has a series of SSL
improvements, as well as new additions to support the network
protocol SPDY 3.1.

Nginx (pronounced “engine X”) operates under a
BSD-like license and is used, among other things by WordPress and
Netflix.  Streaming billions of hours of video every month,
sites like Netflix are dependant on the scalability and high
performance of Nginx to feed the appetites of the Buffy the Vampire
Slayer binging masses.

The open-source Apache replacement, created by
Igor Sysoev in 2002, now runs on around 15% of all sites, favoured
by many for its ability to handle large amounts of traffic. Around
40% of the 12 million sites using Amazon cloud computing  also
rely on Nginx. It’s already used as a load balancer by WordPress
and Instagram, overtaking Microsoft IIS as the

second-most used
server in the world in
recent years.

Other notable users include GitHub, Facebook,
Groupon and Dropbox. In addition to the open-source version,
there’s also a

version of Nginx available –
Nginx Plus. Within this premium offering, key selling points
include the ability to make changes to a live server’s
configuration, JSON-formatted performance metrics and New
Relic-integrated “health checks” to uncover any performance

Performance metrics can be exported elsewhere or
to a custom HTML/JS page, although Nginx comes with a built-in
monitoring dashboard, too. In addition, an automatic health check
watches for unexpected changes in page size and other

Nginx is frequently used as a load balancer, and
the promotional material claims that the addition of “advanced load
balancing” allows for a “fully converged HTTP proxy solution with
request routing, load balancing, SSL termination and edge

Work is already underway on version 1.7 of the
software. More information, as well as download links to the latest
offering, can be found
here on
the project page.

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