Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling vs. Microsoft IIS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling helps users maintain application availability and allows users to automatically add or remove EC2 instances according to definable conditions.N/A
Microsoft IIS
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.N/A
Pricing
Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
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Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
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On the servers with fixed resources, Microsoft IIS was installed. In terms of storage capacity, the server has a predetermined limit. It's possible to run out of money before the next billing cycle begins. A higher price tag or more resources may be necessary to ensure …
Microsoft IIS

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Features
Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
Application Servers
Comparison of Application Servers features of Product A and Product B
Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
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Ratings
Microsoft IIS
7.5
28 Ratings
6% below category average
IDE support00 Ratings8.020 Ratings
Security management00 Ratings7.028 Ratings
Administration and management00 Ratings8.028 Ratings
Application server performance00 Ratings8.028 Ratings
Installation00 Ratings9.028 Ratings
Open-source standards compliance00 Ratings5.017 Ratings
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Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
Small Businesses
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
NGINX
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(15 ratings)
9.0
(28 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.6
(2 ratings)
10.0
(9 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(2 ratings)
9.4
(6 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon EC2 Auto ScalingMicrosoft IIS
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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Likelihood to Renew
Amazon AWS
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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
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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
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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
On the servers with fixed resources, Microsoft IIS was installed. In terms of storage capacity, the server has a predetermined limit. It's possible to run out of money before the next billing cycle begins. A higher price tag or more resources may be necessary to ensure everything works as expected. Oracle Compute Instance Autoscaling works like AWS once. But AWS EC2 Autoscaling has many more configuration options. AWS EC2 Automatic Scaling eliminates the need to visit the server and assess its performance physically.
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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
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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
  • There is no need to maintain infrastructural equipment.
  • There is no need to switch the electricity off or on in the case of a legitimate power outage.
  • The system frequently had issues when turned on, and labor frequently continued on all night, but by transferring to the cloud, that effort might be spared.
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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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