Announcing NGINX Plus support for the Arm Compute shapes on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

May 25, 2021 | 3 minute read
Robert Ronan
Principal Product Manager
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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) continues to embrace open source technologies and the developer communities that support them. With the rapid adoption of cloud native technologies and DevOps methodologies, we’ve heard from many organizations that they want an open cloud that avoids vendor lock-in and allows them to run what they want, whether it’s built by the cloud provider.

NGINX and Arm

As part of Oracle’s continuing commitment to open standards and supporting a broad and varied ecosystem, we’re excited to announce that NGINX, now a part of F5, Inc., has extended its NGINX Plus support to the new OCI offerings of Arm-based Ampere A1 Compute instances, both virtual machine (VM) and bare metal shapes.

Developers have relied on NGINX for cloud native functionality and enterprise-grade features for a long time, but NGINX Plus is more than just a web server. NGINX Plus extends NGINX open source and improves the performance, reliability, and security of your applications with exclusive features and award-winning support, providing developers with a complete application delivery solution.

But what kind of performance can you expect from OCI Ampere A1 Compute instances? Arm’s Performance Benchmarking data shows OCI Ampere A1 Compute instances are not just highly performant but also very cost effective.

The Arm Neoverse N1-based OCI Ampere A1 Compute instance family delivers superior performance per dollar over both the Xeon-based Optimized3 instances and over the EPYC-based E4 instances. This is true for both Reverse Proxy and API Gateway testing configurations. And it’s true with both no transaction authorization ("No Auth") and for HS256 transaction authorization turned on. Compared to Xeon-based Optimized3 instances the OCI Ampere A1 instances provide up to 69% better performance per dollar. Compared to EPYC-based E4 instances, the OCI Ampere A1 instances provide up to 62% better performance per dollar.

A bar graph comparing requests per second per dollar for Nginx reverse proxy with no auth for 2, 4, 8, and 16 hardware threads.

Building applications is only the half the battle. Success or failure depends on how well you deploy, secure, and scale your applications. NGINX Plus allows developers to run complex and fully integrated cloud native architectures in the cloud. NGINX Plus provides advanced monitoring options, enhanced security control, and Kubernetes container orchestration. The solution integrates with existing DevOps tools, such as Ansible, Chef, and Puppet, that help automate processes and facilitate infrastructure and application management while consolidating network services into a single elastic ingress-egress tier.

“NGINX Plus for Arm-based deployments just got a lot easier,” said Stuart Shader, senior business development manager at F5 NGINX. “Developers using OCI Ampere A1 Compute instances can now quickly deploy NGINX Plus on both Arm and X86 platforms. With this capability and using the Always Free Tier on OCI, customers can gain access to a cloud environment to deploy NGINX Plus Arm-based applications for as long as they want”

Want to learn more?

Combining OCI Arm-based Ampere A1 compute shapes with NGINX Plus provides developers the ability to run cloud native web applications on a high-performance and scalable Arm platform in the cloud that’s enterprise-grade. You can find more about NGINX Plus, and if you want to experience OCI Arm Compute shapes for yourself, sign up for an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure account and start testing today! To learn more, see the following resources:

Robert Ronan

Principal Product Manager

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