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Nginx snags $20M to fuel web server push

Nginx, the company behind open-source and commercial versions of the popular web server of the same name, now has $20 million more in venture funding to continue to staff up.

With development offices in Moscow and U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, Nginx has already grown from 12 people last year to 34 now and the new funding will help add engineers as well as sales and support people for the Nginx Plus commercial product, said Gus Robertson, CEO.

This round was led by [company]New Enterprise Associates[/company] and brings total funding to $33 million, from a $10 million Series A round in October 2013 and a $3 million Series A in October 2011. Other backers include e.ventures, MSD Capital, Runa Capital and Box co-founder Aaron Levie.

Nginx is the little engine that could in the web server realm. According to the most recent Netcraft survey numbers from November, giants Microsoft and Google lost share among the busiest websites while Nginx gained share in those sites, powering just over 20 percent of them. Across all sites surveyed, Nginx holds 14.69 percent share, according to Netcraft:

netcraft novermber web server share
November 2014 Netcraft app server market share

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