Nginx is an HTTP and reverse proxy server famous for its slick performance. A few days back, the people behind the Nginx project decided to form a company and thus set standards for all their operations. Nginx is not as popular as Apache but it is indeed a better option than Apache if you want peak performance and can manage the correct setup. The servers at Techie-buzz are also powered by Nginx because it is lightweight and uses lesser memory than traditional Apache servers.
Nginx (pronounced engine-x) is a lightweight, high-performance Web server/reverse proxy and e-mail (IMAP/POP3) proxy, licensed under a BSD-like license and written by Igor Sysoev. It has been running for more than five years on many heavily loaded Russian sites including Rambler(RamblerMedia.com). According to Netcraft Nginx served or proxied 4.70% busiest sites in April 2010. Here are some of success stories: FastMail.FM, Wordpress.com.
Nginx is fast and efficient. The statistics above prove that it is suitable for high loads and can handle them efficiently because of its built-in features. A recent announcement on the official Nginx website says;
Recently it became very clear for me that because of increasing popularity of Nginx and the volume of work required to develop the code and doing support, I really need to put it at another level.
So, I have decided to focus even more on Nginx and established Nginx as a company to fully dedicate myself to the project.
The open-source community welcomes this news. Very few companies in this world deal exclusively in Open Source software. Out of those, fewer have made it big in the tech-industry. People are already comparing the business model of Nginx to that of RedHat, which deals in support and consulting. RedHat has formed a profitable business out of OSS with this model. It is expected that the Nginx project will go into the support business with this model and earn good revenue.
A company brings a lot of bureaucracy along with it. However, as time goes by, people learn to appreciate the processes within a company. At the end of the day, this allows seamless operations and provides a platform over which the business can grow, irrespective of the scale of business at a later stage. For Nginx, this move will provide an authoritative branding and attract more enterprise customers.