September 13-16, 2022
Dublin, Ireland + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 14 • 16:40 - 17:20
Sponsored Session: Killing the Reverse Proxy from the Inside: the Evolution of NGINX Unit - Liam Crilly, NGINX

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NGINX as a web server and reverse proxy has been integral to the architectural patterns for web services and applications for over a decade. From the LEMP stack, to containerized apps, to Ingress Controllers for Kubernetes. But in another open source NGINX project, there is a mission to kill the reverse proxy because it represents an unnecessary layer in the application stack that results in application behaviour being described in several places. In this session we explore the challenges of distributed configuration in cloud-native infrastructure, and the complexities that this leads to.  We contrast this with the benefits of killing the reverse proxy and designing for a simpler application stack. Finally, we introduce NGINX Unit, created by the original NGINX team on an evolved architecture with a vision of delivering a simpler architecture for web applications.

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Liam Crilly

Sr Dir, Product Management, NGINX
Liam Crilly, Senior Director of Product Management at F5, wrote his first web app in 1993, and has enjoyed working with Internet software ever since. Liam leads the NGINX Unit incubation group at F5.

Wednesday September 14, 2022 16:40 - 17:20 IST
Liffey Meeting Room 1 (Level 1)