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  • 25 October 2018 09:54

Updating the NGINX Application Platform with New Clustering, API Management, and Service Mesh Capabilities

The world is going digital at breakneck speed. Technology is front and center in our day‑to‑day lives. From entertainment to banking to how we communicate with our friends, technology has changed how we interact with the world. Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are rolling out compelling digital capabilities to attract, retain, and enrich customers. Every company is now a technology company.

Companies on this journey need to master digital transformation and many turn to NGINX to create a modern application stack. More than 319 million websites rely on our open source software. Our technology helps companies remove friction from digital delivery, optimize digital supply chains, and roll out digital services faster. The NGINX Application Platform is a consolidated set of tools that improves application performance, automates application delivery, and decreases capital and operational costs.

The NGINX Application Platform product suite includes NGINX Controller, NGINX Plus, NGINX WAF, and NGINX Unit

NGINX has just released the most substantial set of updates to the NGINX Application Platform since it was originally announced. These updates leverage the modular architecture of NGINX Controller to enable enterprises to provide the right workflows to the right teams managing NGINX Plus in the data plane. These capabilities extend NGINX’s ability to further simplify application infrastructures by consolidating application delivery, API management, and service mesh management into a single solution.

Here’s a quick summary of all three product releases (see below for more details):

NGINX Controller 2.0 enhances modular architecture – You can now manage APIs with a plug‑in module to NGINX Controller. The new API Management Module defines an API endpoint and policies for it through an intuitive UI. NGINX Controller 2.0 also updates the existing Load Balancer Module to improve configuration management. Finally, we are announcing development of a service mesh solution. The Service Mesh Module for Controller will simplify how organizations move from common Ingress patterns for containers to more complex service mesh architectures designed to optimize management of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of microservices.

NGINX Plus R16 debuts new dynamic clustering – The newest release of NGINX Plus includes the ability to share state and key‑value stores across a distributed cluster of NGINX Plus instances. This provides unique, dynamic capabilities like global rate limiting for API gateway and DDoS mitigation. NGINX Plus R16 also introduces new load‑balancing algorithms for Kubernetes Ingress control and microservices use cases; enhanced UDP support for environments like OpenVPN, voice over IP (VoIP), and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI); and a new integration with AWS PrivateLink to help organizations accelerate hybrid cloud deployments.

NGINX Unit 1.4 improves security and language support – NGINX Unit is an open source web and application server, made generally available in April 2018. NGINX Unit 1.4 adds TLS capabilities to provide “encryption everywhere”. NGINX Unit supports dynamic reconfiguration via API, which means zero‑downtime config changes with seamless certificate updates. When a new certificate is ready, an API call is all it takes to activate it, without killing or restarting application processes. NGINX Unit 1.4 has also added experimental support for JavaScript with Node.js, extending the current language support for Go, Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby. Full support for JavaScript and Java are coming.

To learn more about the latest changes to the NGINX Application Platform, watch our keynote from NGINX Conf 2018 live or on demand.

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