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Nginx (pronounced "engine X") is a high-performance web server and reverse proxy, as well as an application framework for load balancing, media streaming, and caching. Nginx can handle many concurrent connections with low memory usage. It's open-source and commonly used to improve the performance of websites experiencing heavy traffic or distributed denial-of-service attacks. Nginx has gained widespread adoption due to its ability to efficiently serve static content and its effectiveness in working alongside application servers like Apache HTTP Server or Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).

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