“I have a strong belief in the power of open source,” said Igor Sysoev, the software’s author and cofounder of NGINX in a 2014 interview. “NGINX was an experiment focused on a very specific problem—how to handle more customers on a single, existing server. It turned out to be a universal problem. As soon as I realized NGINX really helps to improve web performance, I wanted people to use it, so I made it open source.”
A web server that can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy, and HTTP cache, the open source version of NGINX powers more than 400 million websites, including brands such as Netflix, Hulu, Pinterest, and GitHub. Sysoev cofounded NGINX in 2011 to provide formal support for NGINX Open Source and to offer a commercial version, NGINX Plus, which adds enterprise-grade features to NGINX Open Source.