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As A Unified Company, F5 And Nginx Can Bridge The DevOps-NetOps Divide

In May, a web application delivery powerhouse acquired a DevOps-focused upstart challenging its supremacy in the load balancing market. Together, they represent a major force in balancing, securing and optimizing web applications.

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What’s Next From The F5-Nginx Merger

F5 Networks, a dominant force in web application delivery, had been fending off a challenge in recent years from an upstart with massive name recognition.

Nginx, distinguished by its ubiquitous open-source solutions, was looking to cut into F5's market share in load balancing with a unique turnkey solution that developers favored for speeding online applications.

That competitive dynamic crumbled in March with an agreement for F5 to purchase Nginx for $670 million. The acquisition closed fast—by May the two companies were already merging their operations.

Nginx is now a fully formed business unit inside F5, said Rob Whiteley, vice president of marketing for Nginx at F5.

"Pretty much the entire company came over as is. That has allowed us to have a high degree of autonomy in the way we approached the market," Whiteley told CRN.

That autonomy, coupled with corporate resources at its disposal of the kind Nginx could previously only imagine, have focused the Nginx leadership team's efforts on scaling the business in ways never before possible.

"What we're doing now is planning all the investments we want to make," Whiteley said.

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