Nginx is free and open-source software, released under the terms of the 2-clause BSD license. A large fraction of web servers use Nginx, often as a load balancer.


ZEVENET® began its public release in October 2010, and we have not stopped refining security, scalability, and high availability technology ever since.

Strengths & Weaknesses: Nginx & ZEVENET

See how ZEVENET and Nginx compare across some of the most critical ADC capabilities.

Nginx’s Strengths

Customers have highlighted that the software is cost effective and significantly less than competitors.
Is well-known and and popular with application developers and is widely deployed globally as reverse proxy and high-performance web server.
Has a feature set and pricing model and roadmap well aligned to the needs of developers.
Highly extensible with support for Ruby LUA and Perl and some Linux-based automations.

ZEVENET’s Strengths

Disruptive vision with a stable growth as challengers in the ADC market, with an agile team and engaged community.
Innovation driven with Open Source technology with no vendor lock-in and broad platforms integration (hardware, virtual, bare metal and cloud).
Very high cost-effective solutions without limitation products and services, suitable for both midsize organizations and large enterprises.
Investment in R&D to deliver a technology driven by easiness, performance and security.
Is a complete ADC (Application Delivery Controller) that could manage all kinds of network protocols (UDP, TCP, HTTP/S, SCTP, SIP, T/FTP, …) but also with a combination of all of them simultaneously and multiport capabilities; and it’s not oriented to licensed features.
Its operating system is fully optimized for networking so it is capable to move in layer 7 more than 140 thousand concurrent users and in layer 4 more than 10 million concurrent users with only 2 dedicated cores.
Ability to create configuration backups, easy cluster configuration, automatic replication from one node to another and stateful cluster with real time sessions replications that permits a failover between nodes without losing any connection.
Provides an integrated IPDS security system with real time black hole lists, DoS protection, black/white listing and protection of the most common network attacks.
Provides a very UX graphic interface for both operators and network engineers in Angular 2 technology.
Automation capabilities thanks to it’s fully programmable REST+JSON API.

Nginx’s Weaknesses

Does not have a turnkey hardware appliance.
Lacks expertise with and has a limited installed base within traditional mainstream enterprise environments.
Lacks several generally available features of established ADC players.
Lacks centralised capability to manage multiple ADC instances.
Some customers have reported issues with commercial  support when using traditional or legacy enterprises.

ZEVENET’s Weaknesses

Young brand as an open source company and yet to develop a big influence than other more established vendors.
Needs to develop a broader partnership network.

*Summarised from the latest Gartner ADC report.


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Related Article

Migrating from Nginx Load balancer to ZEVENET ADC

Load balancing across multiple instances of an application is a great way to improve performance by reducing overload and latency, and increasing delivery by caching static resources.

Though Nginx serves a great purpose at web serving, the platform has lots of complexities. As traffic increases, it gets harder to load balance layer 4 and layer 7 traffic without sacrificing security. For this reason, you need a load balancer with more advanced features that offers control over a business application through an easy-to-access UI.

In this article, we will discuss how to transfer Nginx load balancer configurations to ZEVENET ADC.

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