NGINX Adds UDP Load Balancing Capabilities for IoT Applications

Posted 3/19/2016 2:05:53 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

NGINX Adds UDP Load Balancing Capabilities for IoT Applications
NGINX has introduced new load balancing capabilities to support the User Datagram Protocol (UDP). These new features build on NGINX’s existing Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and HTTP load balancing capabilities as a front-end for a wide range of web and mobile applications.
UDP is emerging as one of the protocols-of-choice for new Internet of Things (IoT) applications due to its low-bandwidth requirements and the ability to provide the high levels of application and Web performance to capitalize on the rise of large volumes of traffic and data generated by the IoT.  

With NGINX used as a load balancer and application delivery platform, developers and organizations can ensure their new IoT applications can achieve high performance, security, and scale, and aren’t overloaded by growth and traffic spikes. 
The addition of UDP load balancing capabilities will address two key use cases: high availability and horizontal scaling. NGINX offers a highly available and reliable load balancer for UDP servers monitor the state and availability of the application. Should an individual UDP server become overloaded or unavailable, the organization can continue communicating with the load balancer without suffering a costly timeout. 
For high-capacity environments when multiple UDP servers are required to share the load generated by clients, NGINX’s load balancing solution spreads that load across those servers. The load balancer itself is aware of all of the UDP servers while allowing the user to only monitor one or two, saving man power and time, and ensuring peak performance for the application.
UDP load balancing is available today via the open source NGINX software repository. Extended management and monitoring capabilities will soon be made available through the commercial application delivery platform, NGINX Plus.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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