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NATS vs nginx: What are the differences?

What is NATS? Lightweight publish-subscribe & distributed queueing messaging system. Unlike traditional enterprise messaging systems, NATS has an always-on dial tone that does whatever it takes to remain available. This forms a great base for building modern, reliable, and scalable cloud and distributed systems.

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.

NATS belongs to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack, while nginx can be primarily classified under "Web Servers".

"Fastest pub-sub system out there" is the top reason why over 13 developers like NATS, while over 1437 developers mention "High-performance http server" as the leading cause for choosing nginx.

nginx is an open source tool with 9.11K GitHub stars and 3.44K 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 8675 company stacks & 2556 developers stacks; compared to NATS, which is listed in 26 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
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I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We are a LAMP shop currently focused on improving web performance for our customers. We have made many front-end optimizations and now we are considering replacing Apache with nginx. I was wondering if others saw a noticeable performance gain or any other benefits by switching."

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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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Leandro Barral
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I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP · | 1 upvotes · 198.7K views

I use Apache HTTP Server because it's intuitive, comprehensive, well-documented, and just works

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Pros of NATS
Pros of NGINX
  • 20
    Fastest pub-sub system out there
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    Rock solid
  • 10
    Easy to grasp
  • 3
    Light-weight
  • 3
    Easy, Fast, Secure
  • 1
    Robust Security Model
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    High-performance http server
  • 896
    Performance
  • 728
    Easy to configure
  • 606
    Open source
  • 529
    Load balancer
  • 286
    Scalability
  • 285
    Free
  • 222
    Web server
  • 173
    Simplicity
  • 134
    Easy setup
  • 29
    Content caching
  • 19
    Web Accelerator
  • 14
    Capability
  • 13
    Fast
  • 11
    Predictability
  • 10
    High-latency
  • 7
    Reverse Proxy
  • 6
    Fast and lightweight
  • 6
    Supports http/2
  • 4
    Enterprise version
  • 4
    Lots of Modules
  • 4
    The best of them
  • 4
    Great Community
  • 3
    Streaming media
  • 3
    Embedded Lua scripting
  • 3
    Reversy Proxy
  • 3
    High perfomance proxy server
  • 3
    Streaming media delivery
  • 2
    Slim
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 2
    Fast and easy to set up
  • 2
    saltstack
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    Ingress controller
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    Virtual hosting
  • 1
    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
  • 1
    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
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    GRPC-Web
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Cons of NATS
Cons of NGINX
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    Persistence with Jetstream supported
  • 1
    No Order
  • 1
    No Persistence
  • 8
    Advanced features require subscription

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What is NATS?

Unlike traditional enterprise messaging systems, NATS has an always-on dial tone that does whatever it takes to remain available. This forms a great base for building modern, reliable, and scalable cloud and distributed systems.

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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