Nginx Plus release 12 arrives

Application delivery platform company Nginx (Engine-X, get it?) has announced the availability of its Plus release 12 (R12).

The latest software improves the high-performance load balancer, content cache and web server in this pack.

Automation is key

The firm says that Nginx R12 was developed in response to user requests for more programmability, scalability and automated management.

To this end, Nginx Plus R12 focuses on configuration management within a cluster, enhanced programmability with nginScript, deeper monitoring and instrumentation of key application resources, and the ability to safely autoscale load-balanced applications with proactive application-level health checks.

“In today’s digital environment, it’s more important than ever to deliver feature-rich sites and applications, without downtime or delays,”² said Gus Robertson, CEO of Nginx, Inc. “Today¹s updates toNginx Plus will empower organisations to deliver the outstanding digital experiences that users rely on, while ensuring they can easily monitor and maintain them on the backend with detailed monitoring and health checks.”

Key new capabilities in the Nginx Plus R12 release include a new process to check and distribute load-balancing and web serving configuration within a cluster of Nginx Plus servers.

Mature, ripe & tasty

Additionally, the nginScript configuration language has reached maturity and is fully supported inNginx Plus.

Advances in monitoring and instrumentation provide actionable insights on application performance and NGINX Plus tuning, and new caching features improve performance to enhance the end-user experience.

Finally, NGINX Plus load balancing has been enhanced with new application-level health checks features to support the autoscaling of application resources in a safe, controlled fashion.