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Leading Russian web server Nginx raises $10m

0 16 October 2013

Nginx (pronounced EngineX), the world’s third most popular web server, has raised $10 million in a Series B round led by Californian fund New Enterprise Associates. Previous investors in Nginx Runa Capital, MSD Capital and e.ventures also contributed, as did Box founder Aaron Levie

While Nginx ranks third in the world in terms of total number of sites powered, it actually powers more of the world’s top 1000 sites than its rivals Apache and Microsoft IIS, with clients including Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, Zynga and Yandex. 

In August this year it launched a commercial option, Nginx plus. For $1350 per year (or $2700 for the premium option) clients get app health checks, monitoring, load balancing and other tools and support that are not part of the free open source version. So far over 100 customers have signed up from a wide variety of industries. 

The funding will be spent on expanding the core engineering team in Moscow, as well as hiring sales and support staff to attract and deal with the firm’s commercial customers. 

Exactly two years ago Nginx raised $3 million Series A funding from e.ventures, Runa Capital and MSD Capital. 

Source: TechCrunch, Venture Beat.

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