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Azure Websites vs nginx: What are the differences?

What is Azure Websites? Deploy and scale modern websites and web apps in seconds. Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you.

What is nginx? A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet. nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.

Azure Websites belongs to "Platform as a Service" category of the tech stack, while nginx can be primarily classified under "Web Servers".

"Ease of deployment" is the top reason why over 14 developers like Azure Websites, while over 1437 developers mention "High-performance http server" as the leading cause for choosing nginx.

nginx is an open source tool with 9K GitHub stars and 3.41K GitHub forks. Here's a link to nginx's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8631 company stacks & 2494 developers stacks; compared to Azure Websites, which is listed in 72 company stacks and 34 developer stacks.

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What is Azure Websites?

Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you.

What is nginx?

nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.
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      What are some alternatives to Azure Websites and nginx?
      Heroku
      Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
      Google App Engine
      Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.
      AWS Elastic Beanstalk
      Once you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.
      Apollo
      Build a universal GraphQL API on top of your existing REST APIs, so you can ship new application features fast without waiting on backend changes.
      OpenShift
      OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
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      Decisions about Azure Websites and nginx
      Tim Abbott
      Tim Abbott
      Founder at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 40.8K views
      atZulipZulip
      Apache HTTP Server
      Apache HTTP Server
      nginx
      nginx

      We've been happy with nginx as part of our stack. As an open source web application that folks install on-premise, the configuration system for the webserver is pretty important to us. I have a few complaints (e.g. the configuration syntax for conditionals is a pain), but overall we've found it pretty easy to build a configurable set of options (see link) for how to run Zulip on nginx, both directly and with a remote reverse proxy in front of it, with a minimum of code duplication.

      Certainly I've been a lot happier with it than I was working with Apache HTTP Server in past projects.

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      Go
      Go
      Lua
      Lua
      OpenResty
      OpenResty
      nginx
      nginx
      Logstash
      Logstash
      Prometheus
      Prometheus

      At Kong while building an internal tool, we struggled to route metrics to Prometheus and logs to Logstash without incurring too much latency in our metrics collection.

      We replaced nginx with OpenResty on the edge of our tool which allowed us to use the lua-nginx-module to run Lua code that captures metrics and records telemetry data during every request’s log phase. Our code then pushes the metrics to a local aggregator process (written in Go) which in turn exposes them in Prometheus Exposition Format for consumption by Prometheus. This solution reduced the number of components we needed to maintain and is fast thanks to NGINX and LuaJIT.

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      Scott Mebberson
      Scott Mebberson
      CTO / Chief Architect at Idearium · | 5 upvotes · 24.4K views
      Caddy
      Caddy
      nginx
      nginx

      We used to primarily use nginx for our static web server and proxy in-front of Node.js. Now, we use Caddy. And we couldn't be happier.

      Caddy is simpler on all fronts. Configuration is easier. Free HTTPS out of the box. Some fantastic plugins. And for the most part, it's fast.

      Don't get me wrong, it's not lost on me that Nginx is actually a superior product.

      But for the times when you don't need that extra performance, and complexity - take a look at Caddy.

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      Simon Bettison
      Simon Bettison
      Managing Director at Bettison.org Limited · | 6 upvotes · 94.3K views
      atBettison.org LimitedBettison.org Limited
      Amazon EC2 Container Service
      Amazon EC2 Container Service
      Docker
      Docker
      Amazon VPC
      Amazon VPC
      Amazon Route 53
      Amazon Route 53
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SES
      Amazon SES
      Amazon CloudFront
      Amazon CloudFront
      nginx
      nginx
      Unicorn
      Unicorn
      Ruby
      Ruby
      Travis CI
      Travis CI
      Selenium
      Selenium
      RSpec
      RSpec
      Rails
      Rails
      Amazon ElastiCache
      Amazon ElastiCache
      Redis
      Redis
      Sidekiq
      Sidekiq
      Elasticsearch
      Elasticsearch
      PostgreSQL
      PostgreSQL

      In 2010 we made the very difficult decision to entirely re-engineer our existing monolithic LAMP application from the ground up in order to address some growing concerns about it's long term viability as a platform.

      Full application re-write is almost always never the answer, because of the risks involved. However the situation warranted drastic action as it was clear that the existing product was going to face severe scaling issues. We felt it better address these sooner rather than later and also take the opportunity to improve the international architecture and also to refactor the database in. order that it better matched the changes in core functionality.

      PostgreSQL was chosen for its reputation as being solid ACID compliant database backend, it was available as an offering AWS RDS service which reduced the management overhead of us having to configure it ourselves. In order to reduce read load on the primary database we implemented an Elasticsearch layer for fast and scalable search operations. Synchronisation of these indexes was to be achieved through the use of Sidekiq's Redis based background workers on Amazon ElastiCache. Again the AWS solution here looked to be an easy way to keep our involvement in managing this part of the platform at a minimum. Allowing us to focus on our core business.

      Rails ls was chosen for its ability to quickly get core functionality up and running, its MVC architecture and also its focus on Test Driven Development using RSpec and Selenium with Travis CI providing continual integration. We also liked Ruby for its terse, clean and elegant syntax. Though YMMV on that one!

      Unicorn was chosen for its continual deployment and reputation as a reliable application server, nginx for its reputation as a fast and stable reverse-proxy. We also took advantage of the Amazon CloudFront CDN here to further improve performance by caching static assets globally.

      We tried to strike a balance between having control over management and configuration of our core application with the convenience of being able to leverage AWS hosted services for ancillary functions (Amazon SES , Amazon SQS Amazon Route 53 all hosted securely inside Amazon VPC of course!).

      Whilst there is some compromise here with potential vendor lock in, the tasks being performed by these ancillary services are no particularly specialised which should mitigate this risk. Furthermore we have already containerised the stack in our development using Docker environment, and looking to how best to bring this into production - potentially using Amazon EC2 Container Service

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      Chris McFadden
      Chris McFadden
      VP, Engineering at SparkPost · | 7 upvotes · 65.4K views
      atSparkPostSparkPost
      Lua
      Lua
      OpenResty
      OpenResty
      nginx
      nginx

      We use nginx and OpenResty as our API proxy running on EC2 for auth, caching, and some rate limiting for our dozens of microservices. Since OpenResty support embedded Lua we were able to write a custom access module that calls out to our authentication service with the resource, method, and access token. If that succeeds then critical account info is passed down to the underlying microservice. This proxy approach keeps all authentication and authorization in one place and provides a unified CX for our API users. Nginx is fast and cheap to run though we are always exploring alternatives that are also economical. What do you use?

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      nginx
      nginx

      I use nginx because it is very light weight. Where Apache tries to include everything in the web server, nginx opts to have external programs/facilities take care of that so the web server can focus on efficiently serving web pages. While this can seem inefficient, it limits the number of new bugs found in the web server, which is the element that faces the client most directly.

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      Marcel Kornegoor
      Marcel Kornegoor
      CTO at AT Computing · | 6 upvotes · 14.9K views
      Apache HTTP Server
      Apache HTTP Server
      nginx
      nginx

      nginx or Apache HTTP Server that's the question. The best choice depends on what it needs to serve. In general, Nginx performs better with static content, where Apache and Nginx score roughly the same when it comes to dynamic content. Since most webpages and web-applications use both static and dynamic content, a combination of both platforms may be the best solution.

      Since both webservers are easy to deploy and free to use, setting up a performance or feature comparison test is no big deal. This way you can see what solutions suits your application or content best. Don't forget to look at other aspects, like security, back-end compatibility (easy of integration) and manageability, as well.

      A reasonably good comparison between the two can be found in the link below.

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      How developers use Azure Websites and nginx
      Avatar of MaxCDN
      MaxCDN uses nginxnginx

      The original API performed a synchronous Nginx reload after provisioning a zone, which often took up to 30 seconds or longer. While important, this step shouldn’t block the response to the user (or API) that a new zone has been created, or block subsequent requests to adjust the zone. With the new API, an independent worker reloads Nginx configurations based on zone modifications.It’s like ordering a product online: don’t pause the purchase process until the product’s been shipped. Say the order has been created, and you can still cancel or modify shipping information. Meanwhile, the remaining steps are being handled behind the scenes. In our case, the zone provision happens instantly, and you can see the result in your control panel or API. Behind the scenes, the zone will be serving traffic within a minute.

      Avatar of Cloudcraft
      Cloudcraft uses nginxnginx

      Nginx serves as the loadbalancer, router and SSL terminator of cloudcraft.co. As one of our app server nodes is spun up, an Ansible orchestration script adds the new node dynamically to the nginx loadbalancer config which is then reloaded for a zero downtime seamless rolling deployment. By putting nginx in front or whatever web and API servers you might have, you gain a ton of flexibility. While previously I've cobbled together HAProxy and Stun as a poor man's loadbalancer, nginx just does a much better job and is far simpler in the long run.

      Avatar of datapile
      datapile uses nginxnginx

      Used nginx as exactly what it is great for: serving static content in a cache-friendly, load balanced manner.

      It is exclusively for production web page hosting, we don't use nginx internally, only on the public-facing versions of static sites / Angular & Backbone/Marionette applications.

      Avatar of Pēteris Caune
      Pēteris Caune uses nginxnginx

      We use NGINX both as reverse HTTP proxy and also as a SMTP proxy, to handle incoming email.

      We previously handled incoming email with Mandrill, and then later with AWS SES. Handling incoming email yourself is not that much more difficult and saves quite a bit on operational costs.

      Avatar of Wirkn Inc.
      Wirkn Inc. uses nginxnginx

      NGINX sits in front of all of our web servers. It is fantastic at load balancing traffic as well as serving as a cache at times when under massive load. It's a robust tool that we're happy to have at the front lines of all Wirkn web apps.

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      Foundbite uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

      We use Azure's Websites to host our app and site. Continuous deployment from GitHub is the handiest feature, check in and before you know it your updated site is already online.

      Avatar of Dirk Eisenberg
      Dirk Eisenberg uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

      Azure WebSites is the fully managed scalable platform for hosting web content and running background jobs.

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      Proactima Solutions AS uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

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      Hector Maldonado uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

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