Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

If You Like NGINX, You'll Love NGINX Plus

Modern app infrastructure and dev teams love NGINX Plus. More than just the fastest web server around, NGINX Plus brings you everything you love about NGINX Open Source, adding enterprise‑grade features like high availability, active health checks, DNS system discovery, session persistence, and a RESTful API. NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, easy-to-use reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. Whether you need to integrate advanced monitoring, strengthen security controls, or orchestrate Kubernetes containers, NGINX Plus delivers with the five‑star support you expect from NGINX.

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How to Use NGINX Plus

  • Enterprise-Grade Features
  • Advanced Security
  • Best-of-Breed Support
  • Load Balancer
  • API Gateway
  • Reverse Proxy
  • F5 NGINXaaS for Azure

NGINX Plus provides scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with your existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

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Reduce security breaches and limit your organization’s exposure to malicious users with NGINX Plus’s request and connection limiting, TLS 1.3 support, dynamic certificate loading, and JWT authentication. Add on the NGINX App Protect WAF to secure your modern apps and APIs.

If things go wrong, NGINX is here to help. We proudly provide award‑winning commercial support at the level your organization needs, including:

  • Assistance with installation and deployment
  • Debugging and error correction
  • Security notifications
  • Software updates

Whether you’re new to NGINX Plus or ready to implement advanced use cases, our Professional Services team can help you save time, optimize your deployment, and boost your knowledge.

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High-Performance Load Balancing

NGINX Plus gives you enterprise‑grade load balancing with session persistence, active health checks, and dynamic reconfiguration without needing a server restart.

Intelligent, high‑scale load balancing of HTTP, TCP, and UDP traffic is easy with NGINX Plus. Supporting numerous algorithms such as Random with Two Choices, NGINX Plus enables you to maintain high performance whatever your infrastructure.

NGINX Plus API Gateway

API Gateway

In the midst of transitioning from monolithic to microservices‑based apps? Is your environment hugely distributed with hundreds of APIs owned by different developers?

With cloud vendors making it easier and easier to deploy API gateways, how do you know which is right for you? NGINX Plus supports all API gateway models – from an edge gateway providing TLS termination and rate limiting, to request routing in a service mesh scenario. Whatever your scenario, NGINX Plus manages API traffic right alongside regular web traffic, translating between protocols while reducing complexity and maintaining the high performance you expect from NGINX.

NGIN Plus reverse proxy

Reverse Proxy

Bringing session persistence, caching, and multiple algorithms, NGINX Plus maximizes speed and capacity for the resiliency and scale that enterprises need. With active health checks and enhanced security, NGINX Plus as a reverse proxy provides an additional defense against security attacks while ensuring that all requests land at an operational server. Add in intelligent request routing at high concurrency, request modification, and the ability to add or delete headers, and NGINX Plus supports all your reverse proxy use cases.

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NGINXaaS for Azure

NGINX Plus is available as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering that empowers enterprises to deliver consistent, secure, and high-performance apps in the cloud – deployed straight from the Azure Marketplace with just a few clicks in the Azure Portal. NGINXaaS for Azure integrates seamlessly with the Azure ecosystem and addresses a wide range of deployment scenarios. In addition, the service supports the migration of existing NGINX configurations to the cloud with minimal effort.

Technical Specifications


  • Alpine Linux
  • Amazon Linux
  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • FreeBSD
  • Oracle Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE
  • Ubuntu


  • ARM
  • PowerPC
  • x86


  • App Dynamics
  • Datadog
  • Dynatrace

Cloud Platforms

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Microsoft Azure
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Visit NGINX Docs For Full Technical Specifications

Learn more about software load balancer, API gateway, and reverse proxy built on top of NGINX.

NGINX Plus documentation