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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Servers

    Amazon Route 53

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    NGINX

    79%
    NGINX ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Security management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Administration and management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    3 Ratings

    Application server performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings

    Installation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    3 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Amazon Route 53 is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • NGINX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Amazon Route 53 and NGINX are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.3

    Amazon Route 53

    83%
    13 Ratings
    9.2

    NGINX

    92%
    27 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Amazon Route 53

    90%
    6 Ratings
    9.0

    NGINX

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.7

    Amazon Route 53

    87%
    8 Ratings
    8.1

    NGINX

    81%
    8 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Amazon Route 53

    Amazon Route 53 is well suited if:
    1. You seek to create a simple website fast.
    2. The site would be able to host HTML5 content and static content attach a domain name.
    3. Have simple and accessible management.
    Scenarios where Amazon Route 53 is less appropriate:
    1. If a website needs HTTPS.
    2. If you need to have extensive logging and tracing on the website.
    3. If a website is designed to host dynamic content.
    Anatoly Lubarsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    [NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
    Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Amazon Route 53

    • We can purchase our domain through Route 53 and can be hosted for cheaper prices in AWS.
    • There are many number of routing policies you can go ahead with and this will come into picture when the customer satisfaction is required at most, so choose routing policy accordingly.
    • As usual health checks are part of DNS systems, this is also provided at cheaper rates when total process is done in Route 53 service.
    • It can be used as standalone application from AWS
    Gnanasekar Mani | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
    • Great at serving static content.
    • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
    • Open-Source (no cost)!
    Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Amazon Route 53

    • Price, it is not expensive ... but you can find some cheaper and even free DNS solutions.
    • If you use non-AWS infrastructure, Route 53 doesn't have significant advantages on other services.
    • AWS Route 53 does not support forwarding or conditional forwarding options for domains used on an on-premise network.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
    • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
    • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
    • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
    • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
    L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Amazon Route 53

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $0.4 Per Zone Per Month

    Amazon Route 53 Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Standard$0.401
    Queries$0.602
    1. Per Zone Per Month
    2. Per Million Queries
    Additional Pricing Details

    NGINX

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    NGINX Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Usability

    Amazon Route 53

    Amazon Route 53 9.0
    Based on 6 answers
    Like most AWS services the usability of the product is pretty good. The AWS console provides a single interface from where all the configurations can be done in a jiffy. Having said that for new users who are coming from traditional hosting services might feel a bit out of place.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    NGINX 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Amazon Route 53

    Amazon Route 53 8.7
    Based on 8 answers
    The product is simple enough that the docs and the UI stand on their own. Its one of the least confusing (/most intuitive) AWS products. As with all Amazon products, don't expect strong email or human support-- you're going to be using their documentation. If you need a human to guide you through the DNS process, you should consider a tool like CloudFlare or NameCheap; if you're a developer, Route53 is where you want to be.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    NGINX 8.1
    Based on 8 answers
    Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
    John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon Route 53

    When working with AWS, Route 53 is hands down the better solution. If you live in GCP, then Google Cloud DNS is the way to go. GoDaddy is more of a consumer-facing product and is perfectly fine when Services are not being utilized in any Cloud Environment. Eventually, all of our DNS ends up in AWS or GCP...
    Bob Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
    • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
    • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
    • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
    Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Amazon Route 53

    • Route 53 has saved me a lot of time with managing DNS for clients' domains.
    • Route 53 does things that normal registrar DNS can't, allowing us to better serve customers.
    • Route 53 helps us avoid downtime on our websites quite regularly.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
    • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
    • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
    Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

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