NGINX for Azure is the result of close collaboration between Microsoft and F5the company behind the open source solution Nginx – one of the most used traffic managers. The fully managed Azure Nginx offering provides a simplified developer experience for deployment, management, billing, and support.
Azure integration enables easy provisioning and configuration in a few steps in the Azure portal. Users can take advantage of advanced traffic management features, such as JSON Web Token (JWT) Authentication and active health checks, with built-in security integrations such as Azure Key Vault for SSL/TLS certificate management.
The service integrates the Nginx SaaS offer into the Azure infrastructure (Control Plane). With this integration, you will be able to provision a new Nginx service and configure your Azure resources to leverage Nginx as a reverse proxy/load balancer.
Additionally, users can also bring their existing Nginx configuration file (single or multiple files) and apply it directly to Ngnix for Azure or via CI-CD pipelines via GitHub integrations.
Above all, NGINX Plus is no longer an “external” solution. NGINX for Azure unleashes the power of NGINX Plus fully within your Azure environment, reducing your overall stack complexity.
F5 NGINX for Azure frees you from having to deploy your own NGINX Plus cluster, install libraries, upgrade, and other tasks. Whether you’re an existing or new NGINX customer, that means speed and simplicity with no IaaS to manage. This ease of use means there is no need for specialist knowledge, which is especially great for customers new to NGINX.