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NGINX 1.3 Compatible with WebSocket Protocol

February 22, 2013

Nginx, Inc. has unveiled an enhanced NGINX, capable of supporting the WebSocket Protocol – a compatibility available inside the main product in the latest release, version 1.3. 

Web developers and services providers who deliver Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) will be offered stimulating capabilities by WebSocket for handling the rising requirements for increased performance and low latency communications.

Nearly one third of the extremely busy sites globally are powered by the extremely well-appreciated online server software, NGINX. Nearly half of the sites on Amazon’s AWS are also powered by NGINX. 

As a result, an increasing number of NGINX users were insisting on WebSocket compatibility.

Users can now expand and abridge the usage of NGINX for the development and assistance of synchronized online applications and platforms by deploying WebSocket in proxy mode.

This project has been sponsored by CloudBees and Apcera. In a statement, Derek Collison, CEO and founder of Apcera said, "WebSocket provides functionality critical to future web and mobile application development. Instead of developing a proprietary, in-house solution, Apcera happily co-sponsored its development in a proven, rock-solid product like NGINX—which we'll be fully supporting in our next-generation cloud platform."

According to Sacha Labourey, CEO at CloudBees, the organization is excited to offer WebSocket assistance for CloudBees customers in association with NGINX. While WebSocket offers novel experiences and capabilities to users, it would only be useful for demonstrations if there was no premium assistance from the Web proxying layer.

Users in the real world can now avail WebSocket in a simplified manner as it is completely incorporated into the CloudBees Platform. They won’t be burdened with APIs or incorporation problems.

Apart from decreasing moving components for online engineers, support for WebSocket removes redundant work for developers, thereby unveiling novel opportunities for running applications with real-time connections.

All key browsers, like Google (News - Alert) Chrome, Safari and Firefox, are compatible with the latest data exchange method.

Andrew Alexeev, cofounder of Nginx, Inc. said, "We’re pleased to offer support for the standardized WebSocket Protocol, and we are grateful to CloudBees and Apcera for sponsoring this work. This provides our customer base with yet another essential tool to facilitate cost-efficient and scalable web architectures."

Edited by Braden Becker

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