Open source web server NGINX is growing up and ready to takeon the enterprise. NGINX announced that it has received new investment dollars,is planning a commercial division and a new enterprise scale platform. Opensource web server Apache may not be sitting comfortably much longer if NGINX hasits way.

NGNIX Growing Popularity

We reported previously on the growing popularityof open source web server NGINX. Overthe last decade the software hasdemonstrated excellent performance with fewerresource requirementsthan open source competitor Apache. Proponents also citeease ofconfiguration as another draw to the platform.

NGINX must be doing something right. The software now hostsover 20percent of the busiest internet sites like Facebook, Hulu, TechCrunch and DropBox, and has 8.5 percent of overall market share. While thispercentagemay seem small, keep in mind that the web server market iswell established andthere is seldom many shifts. That may be changing.Netcraft suggested that ifthe trend toward NGINX continues the servermight surpass Microsoft’s IIS in marketshare.

The Road Ahead

NGINX plans on using its newly acquired US$ 3 million inseries Afunding from BV Capital, Runa Capital and MSD Capital Fuels to support its expansion into the US and its commercial division, Nginx, Inc. NGINXplansto open a new office in San Francisco at the end of this year,which will serveas a headquarters.

Learning Opportunities

The company appears to be moving at internet pace. NGINXalready hasits first commercial customers and is establishing partnerships in US, Asia and Europe. The company also plans on offering a new product inmid-2012.

XGINXwill offer a commercial-grade connection processing andoptimization softwareplatform designed to provide advancedperformance, traffic management, extendedconfiguration and securityfeatures for hosting, cloud and enterprise serverinfrastructure.Existing users that wish to move to the newer platform will be pleasedthat NGINX also plans to offer several options for upgrade.

NGINX has indicated that its main priorities for the platform are adeeper level of support, better documentation and streamlineddevelopment -- all things that could better position it in thetraditional enterprise.