Open source web server NGINX is growing up and ready to take on the enterprise. NGINX announced that it has received new investment dollars, is planning a commercial division and a new enterprise scale platform. Open source web server Apache may not be sitting comfortably much longer if NGINX has its way.

NGNIX Growing Popularity

We reported previously on the growing popularity of open source web server NGINX. Over the last decade the software has demonstrated excellent performance with fewer resource requirements than open source competitor Apache. Proponents also cite ease of configuration as another draw to the platform.

NGINX must be doing something right. The software now hosts over 20 percent of the busiest internet sites like Facebook, Hulu, TechCrunch and DropBox, and has 8.5 percent of overall market share. While this percentage may seem small, keep in mind that the web server market is well established and there is seldom many shifts. That may be changing. Netcraft suggested that if the trend toward NGINX continues the server might surpass Microsoft’s IIS in market share.

The Road Ahead

NGINX plans on using its newly acquired US$ 3 million in series A funding from BV Capital, Runa Capital and MSD Capital Fuels to support its expansion into the US and its commercial division, Nginx, Inc. NGINX plans to open a new office in San Francisco at the end of this year, which will serve as a headquarters.

The company appears to be moving at internet pace. NGINX already has its first commercial customers and is establishing partnerships in US, Asia and Europe. The company also plans on offering a new product in mid-2012.

XGINX will offer a commercial-grade connection processing and optimization software platform designed to provide advanced performance, traffic management, extended configuration and security features for hosting, cloud and enterprise server infrastructure. Existing users that wish to move to the newer platform will be pleased that NGINX also plans to offer several options for upgrade.

NGINX has indicated that its main priorities for the platform are a deeper level of support, better documentation and streamlined development -- all things that could better position it in the traditional enterprise.