Load balancer is used to distribute the traffic evenly among a number of servers or connections, which is why websites owner need a good load balancer. If you need a good load balancer, read our article below, because we are going to compare two famous web server, which can be used as load balancer and a load balancer product from famous company. Both of them are NGINX and F5 Local Traffic Manager.

In this article, we are going to give information about:
– What is NGINX and F5
– What NGINX and F5 can offer to you
– NGINX vs F5

NGINX is a popular open source web server that was first released to public in 2004. There is also a company build with the same name in 2011 to provide support for NGINX. NGINX is written by a Russian Software Engineer named Igor Sysoev initially to overcome the C10k problem. NGINX aside from being a web server, it can be used as reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTP cache too.

NGINX is free and released under the terms of a BSD-like license. NGINX is currently the second most popularly used web server in the world just below Apache and above Microsoft IIS. Taken from Netcraft NGINX continue to gain both computers and market share in March 2018, by nearly 1.8 million web-facing computers running on NGINX, which giving it 24.5% shares of the market.

NGINX Features
One of NGINX best ability is that it is load faster than most web servers, even Apache. This is because NGINX is initially created to overcome a high amount of concurrent connections while lessening the hardware resource burden. It is said that NGINX is twice the speed of Apache with static request and equal to Apache with PHP requests.

Other useful features by NGINX is the performance enhancing tools built in like advanced caching techniques, which convert proxied dynamic content to static content for faster caching. The easy set up also becomes another plus in NGINX, because the entire configuration is located in 2 files, general server config and site specific config for virtual hosts, which allow even new user easily deploy web server.

Read also : Haproxy vs NGINX.

About F5
F5 is a company that activity specialized in Application Delivery Networking (ADN) technology for the delivery of web applications including security, availability of servers, performance, data storage devices and other network or cloud resources. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but also has another development, manufacturing, and marketing office worldwide.

F5 most famous product is the load balancer, but today it expands service line into all things related to the delivery of applications, such as load balancing and acceleration, global DNS based load balancing and acceleration, DDoS defense, security through web application firewall and application authentication and access products and other products. In this article we are focusing on the load balancer product, which called Local Traffic Manager.

F5 Features
F5 Local Traffic Manager is a load balancer, which mean it is used for distributing and balancing application and network traffic across servers. F5 Local Traffic Manager can be de deploy in three ways, with hardware, Software and Cloud. We are going to choose the virtual version this time.

F5 Local Traffic Manager VE is very easy to use, this software is easy to configure and deploy for load balancing across multiple servers. When used with vCenter and some scripting it is even possible to automatically deploy additional web servers on multiple VMware hosts as the load increase and you will also able to remove them or power them off as the load diminishes. In the end F5 Local Traffic Manager will maintains optimum utilization of resources regardless of spikes in traffic from the web or internal users. The most important ability of F5 Local Traffic Manager Virtual version is removing the need of investing in hardware.


- The web server that can be used as reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTP cache- The company, which main activity producing products focused on the delivery of applications
- Can be used for free- Need to be purchased for a range of price
- The paid version is more affordable compared to F5- Cost higher than NGINX paid version

At this point you may already know what differ NGINX to F5. The basic different is NGINX is a web server that serves the purpose of reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTP cache, while F5 products focused on the delivery of application, such as load balancing. Other difference is NGINX is free while F5 will cost you $17,300 to $27,900. However if you want more advance ability NGINX have the paid version called the NGINX Plus. All in all, if you are an individual running websites, we will highly recommend NGINX instead of F5.

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