Nginx will release today a preview of the technology, called NginScript. Through NginScript, users can customize how applications are published and put in place sophisticated rules, said Owen Garrett, Nginx head of products. But NginScript takes a backseat at the moment to the Lua scripting language, currently used with Nginx, in terms of sophistication.
Analysts see NginScript enabling a new alignment between Nginx and devops. “This will be helpful in devops shops and in situations where the developers need to deploy load-balancing but don't want to wait for the network team to provision it,” analyst Brad Casemore, of IDC, said in an email. “I suppose it also aligns with the infrastructure-as-code theme.”
A beta version of open source NginScript is planned for release late this year. General availability is anticipated early in 2016. “What we’d really like is for users to give feedback on how they use the feature and what it is missing,” Garrett said.
Nginx on Wednesday is also announcing that Nginx Plus is available on the Google Cloud Platform via Google Cloud Launcher. Nginx Plus could be used to scale applications on the cloud, Garrett said. Nginx previously has enabled deployments of its server on Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services clouds.