WSO2 ELB, Meet Nginx Plus

Today we announced a change-up of the WSO2 product line.

We developed the WSO2 Elastic Load Balancer in order to help support early versions of WSO2 Stratos (now Apache Stratos), in particular to satisfy the need for the load balancing functions supporting the elasticity of the system to themselves be elastic.  Over time however, these elastic capabilities were handled elsewhere and the WSO2 ELB just became functionally an “LB” despite our tardiness to update the product name.

The WSO2 ELB was based on a stripped down WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus and had some success among our customers.  However, even more of our customers were using Nginx with excellent results, better performance, and lower overall cost.  Nginx has emerged as the standards-bearer of open source load balancers.

Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!  And thus we have begun the process of deprecating support for the ELB and the migration of existing customers over to Nginx.

WSO2 has entered an agreement with Nginx to make this transition easy for our customers – and for helping new customers to take advantage of this solution.  WSO2 now resells Nginx Plus subscriptions so there customers have a single source of procurement if working with two vendors adds complication.  WSO2 will provide first-line support for Nginx Plus through the same WSO2 support system so there is a single “throat to choke” for support queries across the WSO2 platform and Nginx.  WSO2 has access to back-end support from Nginx so that we have full access to the primary source experts in this area.

We’re looking forward to working with Nginx to keep your WSO2 deployments performing at top capacity, reliability, and efficiency, and to continue to provide the enterprise-class support that makes our platform compelling to hundreds of customers worldwide.

Jonathan Marsh
VP Strategy, WSO2