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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Servers

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    Microsoft IIS

    74%
    Microsoft IIS ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    20 Ratings

    Security management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    28 Ratings

    Administration and management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    28 Ratings

    Application server performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    28 Ratings

    Installation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    28 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5
    55%
    17 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Microsoft IIS is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.8

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    88%
    17 Ratings
    8.4

    Microsoft IIS

    84%
    28 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft IIS

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    7.5

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    75%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft IIS

    100%
    9 Ratings

    Availability

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft IIS

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8

    Microsoft IIS

    78%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.5

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    85%
    2 Ratings
    9.3

    Microsoft IIS

    93%
    10 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Microsoft IIS

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft IIS

    80%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Amazon AWS

    If you need to establish a system right away, in the past it took weeks or months to request a quote from the vendor and receive the equipment. Now, with Amazon EC2 in less than tens of minutes or hours, you can create a test environment and test it without any inconvenience.
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    Microsoft

    Publishing applications or websites is easy with Microsoft IIS. You don't need external software or complicated tutorials involving command lines and editing configuration files. On other hand, sometimes the troubleshooter needs a high knowledge of Windows Server, Registry, and tools to debug the application. If you need to host non-Microsoft technology as PHP pages or have a low budget, I recommend IIS equivalent software as Apache.
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    Pros

    Amazon AWS

    • Dynamic scaling can be configured to respond to a wide variety of metrics and alerts
    • Predictive scaling allows one to get ahead of high traffic events rather than simply reacting to them
    • Health checks are configurable based on the needs of your application and architecture
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    Microsoft

    • A big advantage that we use all the time is reviewing the logs that automatically get generated in IIS. It has helped us troubleshoot various problems in our applications over the years.
    • IIS integrates really well with Visual Studio and TFS. We are able to quickly deploy new applications and changes to applications when requested by the business.
    • IIS has proven that it is easy to configure and maintain with minimal effort.
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    Cons

    Amazon AWS

    • Sometimes, Auto scaling takes time to spin up your instances if your traffic is so high in short span of time.
    • And, Auto scaling can be more efficient if we have only Load balancer in our architecture.
    • It has some limitations on setting up the Auto scaling infra.
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    Microsoft

    • Angular/node apps don't run on IIS, or at least we never figured out how. Rather we ended up using nginx.
    • There are still occasional memory leaks - check your recycle settings!
    • If you have very heavy usage for web APIs, IIS requires regular restarts for reasons unknown.
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    Pricing Details

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Microsoft IIS

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Microsoft IIS editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Amazon AWS

        No answers on this topic

        Microsoft

        We have no intention to replace all applications running on top of the IIS platform. Not all applications support other platforms and not all support staff are skilled in Linux/Apache platform support. Whereas IIS may not be the best performing or most secure web platform available, for the aforementioned reasons, it is impossible not to continue use of this product.
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        Usability

        Amazon AWS

        Usability is good since we already know how AWS works. For those that are new it might be a little bit confusing at the beginning but they are improving it at a fast pace. Even though AWS keeps changing the user interface constantly, it is still powerful, understandable and easy to use. For technical people, they still offer the CLI.
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        Microsoft

        As I've mentioned earlier, Microsoft IIS is very simple and easy to use. The user interface is a little bit overloaded with a huge number of different options, but once you have a little clue of what you are doing and what you need - no issues at all.
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        Reliability and Availability

        Amazon AWS

        No answers on this topic

        Microsoft

        ARR (application request routing) in Microsoft IIS Server enables the web-admins to increase the web app reliability and availability through the rule based routing and load balancing of HTTP requests which in turn provides highly available server. IIS 7.0 Manager also provides kernel as well as user mode caching for faster performance and in case if the server fails, the IIS server has good amount of details logged in its log files which help understand and debug the cause quickly. Load balancing facilitates IIS server to fight against availability issues.
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        Performance

        Amazon AWS

        No answers on this topic

        Microsoft

        In my experience, I have never had significant issues with IIS performance. Sometimes I've experienced issues with loading time, but it is mostly related to the web site code. However Amazon, Microsoft and Google providing free cloud services with very limited resources, and in that scenario, "heavy" websites on IIS could be the issue. In other situations - performance is good.
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        Support Rating

        Amazon AWS

        The platform works as is. The help and tutorials on the help page can help you to setup the entire platform without problems, and also provides help on a huge variety of problems. Amazon also provides support plans. We have the basic support plan, but Amazon offers three support tiers, and we know that it works perfect.
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        Microsoft

        As mentioned earlier there is so much documentation or guides or stack overflow questions out there that someone will have faced the same or very similar scenario to what you are going through that you will almost certainly find a solution to what you are after.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Amazon AWS

        Before we were using server with fixed resources which having Microsoft IIS installed. Server has fixed hard disk size, and fixed number of GBs per month. Sometimes all resources are consumed prior to next billing cycle, then at the end, we need to buy or pay more for extra resources to let all things work as expected. After AWS EC2 Auto scaling, we don't need to go and check how server performing, and how much resources consumed.
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        Microsoft

        Apache is java. Java is unnecessary complex. No developer wants to invest in learning all the hundreds of text based configuration files to get something done. Also, apache gives you the most evil and un-usable user interface possible. [Microsoft] IIS makes [life] after development easy, which is already complex enough to be bothered by something as mundane as exposing your work over the internet.
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        Scalability

        Amazon AWS

        No answers on this topic

        Microsoft

        Microsoft IIS Server is scalable if the underlying server configuration is done correctly. Use x64 edition v/s 32bit and using 32bit mode application pools are some of the tweaks to be done to make the IIS server scalable. There are too many small configurations need to be carried out in order to make a highly scalable IIS server hence not giving full score in this area.
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        Return on Investment

        Amazon AWS

        • We will devote more time to development than server administration, but we will require additional time if you migrate from another ecosystem.
        • Fault detection and reporting are automated in the old server, and bandwidth is fixed per month, but everything is manageable automatically. We only pay for the resources we use.
        • After some months, we met our return on investment (ROI).
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        Microsoft

        • Allowing us to internally host our monitoring websites allows quick access to data that can be quite hidden, saving developer time.
        • It was inexpensive compared to more bulky solutions saving upfront cost.
        • It’s easy to install and enable allowing more developer savings.
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