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NGINX With CentOS 7

Cognosys Inc. | 21-10-09

Linux/Unix, CentOS 21-10-09 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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    Alexey A.

Fast and Configurable

  • January 13, 2016
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best?
Easy configurable and extremely fast, SSL, websockets, reverse proxy and much more.
What do you dislike?
Some aspects of configuration not documented well, also there is sometimes many ways to do same things in config
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I use nginx as http server with php and php-fpm


    Danny G.

Fast, reliable, configurable, awesome

  • December 29, 2015
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Simple scriptable configurations for a blazing fast web server. Nginx excels at proxying and provides an excellent solution for application-delivery controllers, SSL termination, WebSocket negotiation, caching, static content delivery and more. Nginx also has some very cool related projects, like OpenRESTy that provide additional layers of support for REST services including bringing JWT handling to Nginx - allowing you to work with JWT auth for even static resources without hitting backend applications or services. Nginx provides robust load-balancing strategies for handling standard/clustered application delivery. Nginx plugins extend the value even further.
What do you dislike?
The documentation isn't as pretty as other projects which can be a little challenging at times. They could certainly do with more robust examples. Furthermore, the nature of extensibility via scripting is leading to some really bad practices - introducing business logic to the proxy/application-delivery-controller. I see a large body of work that represents poor separation of concerns. Just because it can be done - and it performs well - doesn't make it a good decision for your architecture.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We've been able to reduce costs by reducing the number of edge node servers and their resources while increasing capacity. We have greatly increased our caching efficiency and been able to introduce consistent messaging for application errors across a breadth of underlying applications and services - provided by a multitude of technology stacks.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Make sure to get a solid understanding of your SSL needs and how to implement them with Nginx. SSL termination mixed with application delivery via Nginx proxies is an incredibly powerful tool.


    Eric M.

Efficient, event-driven reverse proxy and web server

  • December 16, 2015
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
The non-blocking, event-driven nature of Nginx means you can support multiple, concurrent connections and properly route traffic to backing services like PHP or Node or even Varnish efficiently. The build-in microcache alleviates much of the need for external caching applications, too!
What do you dislike?
Changes to configuration settings require reloading all of the application's configuration files in order to take effect (in comparison with other systems that merely reload and parse configuration files as needed.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We needed a dynamic front-end server that could fill the need of either a webserver or a proxy or a load-balancer. Existing tools (like Apache) worked as a server, but not as a proxy or load-balancer. Using a single tool (Nginx) has helped lessen setup time and make ongoing management much more efficient.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Remember that configuration changes require a restart/reload in order to take effect. This includes some URL routing, HTTP authentication, new service inclusion, etc.


    Eduardo S.

The best option if you want to run fast, scalable websites

  • December 11, 2015
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What do you like best?
Ease of setup and speed, it is lean and does what it needs to do very well, leaving you to decide how to run each piece of your stack behind it.
What do you dislike?
Not many disadvantages, lack of something like .htaccess might be one of them, but it is a tradeoff to have better speed.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We are serving a few web services behind nginx, it makes it super easy to configure our microservices architecture.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
If you are looking for an async http server, you serve a lot of static files or you want to squeeze out every ounce of power from small servers, nginx is your guy.


    Alessandro L.

Rock solid, fast HTTP Server

  • December 10, 2015
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Nginx is a stable, fast HTTP web server/reverse proxy with many features.
It's one of those software components you can really trust.
Never had a single problem in years.
What do you dislike?
You should take care to the configuration files syntax
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
It's perfect as reverse proxy for Ruby on Rails applications and static sites hosting.


    Blagovest P.

I use Niginx in most of the servers in my infrastructure

  • December 08, 2015
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What do you like best?
The performance and the flexibility are the best advantages of Nginx
What do you dislike?
Default security. People are still uneducated to maintain it by default. It's not like Apache
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
The strangest thing we did was an rtsp proxy for restreaming video.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Try the PageSpeed plugin from Google :)


    Kurt W.

nginx - the high performance, low overhead, easy to configure alternative

  • December 01, 2015
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
* Simple to configure
* Low overhead
* Open source
What do you dislike?
I can't really think of anything I dislike...
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Trying to serve web pages.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
If you're looking for a light, high performance webserver that is a lot easier to configure than Apache (IMHO), this is it!


    Domenico T.

The best open source HTTP an reverse proxy server

  • November 24, 2015
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Built to solve the c10k problem (allowing a web server to accept 10k concurrent connections with a low memory footprint) it's the most performant web server you can use.
The configuration language is simple and very close to the syntax used by Apache HTTPd server.
It supports multiple backends to proxy applications (or micro services) built with any programming language.
What do you dislike?
I really rely on Nginx and there is nothing I dislike.
Be aware that it has been engineered to work on top of the linux kernel, so the Windows version can not give you the same amazing performances you get on linux systems. At least this is true at time of writing this review.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We use it for proxying uWSGI served python web applications, to give consistent SSL support to web applications or micro services that doesn't support themselves.
I personally use it even for LAN file sharing, launching a docker container as needed.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Just use it, and do it on Linux, it will save you a lot of troubles when your websites or your applications will grow in traffic and concurrent users.


    Capital Markets

Free, Fast, and Small

  • December 01, 2012
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
High performance, low memory footprint, really fast at serving static files, and handling concurrent requests. It’s also very efficient, reliable, and easy to configure.
What do you dislike?
It won’t help you much in speed if you have a lot of dynamic content/code. It won’t be worse than the others, but you won’t see as big of a speed improvement.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
It is gaining in popularity. Give it a try if your requirements meet its strengths (concurrency & fast static serving).