The latest version of NGNIX web server supports SPDY protocol


NGNIX, now the third most popular web server, has just released a new commercial version, NGINX Plus version 3, which promises more speed than ever.


This open source web server has long been known for its high speed. Indeed, it is
used by the most demanding web services company of all, Netflix

, for its video content starving users. NGINX Also supports over 20% of all websites and almost 40% of the top 1000 websites by traffic.

With this edition, “NGINX Plus [Release 3] builds a complementary application delivery solution on top of the NGINX open source software technology, focusing on web application acceleration, content and application delivery, Layer 7 load balancing, and request routing. Users benefit from reduced operational complexity, additional features, certified versions and expert support. “

Specifically, NGINX Plus, the new features allow you to:

  • Shape and control traffic to application servers for improved performance and reliability, especially in the event of unexpected traffic spikes;
  • Support for DNS-based dynamic load balancing configuration;
  • Enable highly available SPDY and WebSockets load balancing in conjunction with Amazon ELB, with support for the new PROXY protocol

From where I’m sitting, NGINX’s SPDY (pronounced fast) support is the best update. SPDY is Google’s most efficient HTTP replacement. It is envisaged for integration into the future HTTP 2.0 standard (PDF link). It is currently supported by Google Chrome and the websites of Google, Firefox, Twitter, and other web services as a fundamentally faster way to deliver web pages.

Going forward, these speed increases should help NGINX challenge Microsoft’s IIS for second place in web server races.

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