The web server software Nginx served 7.5% of top servers across all domains in January 2010, ahead of Google with 7%, according to Netcraft. Apache and Microsoft held 53.8% and 24.1% market share for top servers across all domains, respectively. Nginx has been steadily gaining market share ever since first release in 2004. The growth accelerated in 2009 when nginx added more than 12 million web-sites.
Nginx serves over 15 million web-sites. It is being used by leading Russian portal Rambler.ru, as frontend IMAP/POP proxy by FastMail and load balancer by WordPress, among others.
The http, reverse proxy and mail proxy server software nginx [engine x] is free and open source. Nginx was written by one person, the Russian software developer Igor Sysoev. He is the only developer of nginx, according to his interview to Pingdom.
Igor Sysoev was born and grew up in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Bauman State Technical University in Moscow in 1994. Igor Sysoev works at Rambler Media (the owner of Rambler.ru) as senior system administrator.