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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache HTTP Server

Well Suited: Perfect for hosting your own website. And, I don't mean just an individual with a port of MySpace. I mean an industrial strength, commercial grade replacement for Microsoft IIS. If you need a web server that provides a feature-rich environment with support for multiple sites (hosted in the same server), with such features as virtual hosting, and modular feature design, than Apache Web Server is right on the money. Less Well-Suited: Single page, small feature-set websites. Apache is a lot of trouble for developers to set up, just to send/receive JSON strings of a few bytes. You're really better off using something smaller and faster/simpler (lighttpd for example).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

We have used IIS to host our applications for decades and we are very happy with it. One thing we have used IIS for is as a reverse proxy server. All of our external traffic runs through it and it acts as an added layer of security and obfuscation from external attacks. We are also able to finely control traffic through the server.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
8.4
IDE support
Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
8.3
Security management
Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
8.4
Administration and management
Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
9.0
Application server performance
Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
8.9
Installation
Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
9.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
6.6

Pros

Apache HTTP Server

  • Apache server is a free and open source multi-platform software which gives ample amount of possibilities and options to use it without worrying about the hardware configurations much; it runs on almost everything!
  • It is easy to configure quickly for a new project requires to set up a barebone server to serve any type of HTTP request.
  • It allows us to configure https with encryption and configure virtual hosts easily.
  • Log files are detailed enough to determine vulnerabilities by providing multiple params which makes it easy to diagnose and debug the root cause of any server issue.
Rahul Dhangar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

  • Ease of access for users.
  • Not having to have a fat client installed for particular applications; just access from browser or mobile device.
  • Ease of manageability for web applications and websites.
  • Easy to troubleshoot.
  • Easy to maintain and perform system maintenance.
  • Many many features, functions, and very customizable.
Aaron Hartzler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache HTTP Server

  • The one thing that I worry about Apache is the PHP language which is integrated into the platform. I am not sure if PHP has a relevant future. I worry about this because Python is becoming very popular.
  • Some, not so sharp developers, might complain about the configuration file. Yes, it is complex. You need to learn it.
  • Apache SSL documentation can be better.
  • I would like to see video streaming, that would be fantastic.
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

  • For some web applications, it takes additional time to configure IIS to make a website work.
  • IIS logging - it is not the strongest side of the product.
  • Compared to Apache or Nginx, IIS uses way more system resources.
  • Even with regular patches, IIS has many vulnerabilities.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apache HTTP Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Leo Brewer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apache HTTP Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 9.1
Based on 8 answers
Microsoft IIS is a very intuitive tool and quite easy to use. Most of its main features are located in the GUI. It is only when you get in to some of the more advanced feature sets that you will need to view logs or use the command line tools to complete a task.
Kyle Kochtan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apache HTTP Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Rahul Dhangar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apache HTTP Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 7.8
Based on 2 answers
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.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apache HTTP Server

Apache HTTP Server 9.4
Based on 4 answers
I give this rating because there is so much Apache documentation and information on the web that you can literally do anything. This has to do with the fact that there is a huge Open Source community that is beyond mature and perhaps one of the most helpful to be found. The only thing that should hold anyone back from anything is that they can not read. RTFM, my friend. And I must say that the manual is excellent.
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 8.5
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache HTTP Server

By having a similar purpose, which is to publish and manage access to services, sites, and/or web systems, I have had to implement them to analyze their qualities and virtues, but stability, the power of implementation of different solutions and to be able to expand through own modules and Apache HTTP Server third-party makes it simply the best.
Moris Mendez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS is the only official way to run ASP.NET framework sites and for Microsoft System management tools (SCCM and WSUS). While open source options like Apache and NGINX are more commonly used in our department, to maintain the best compatibility we use IIS in certain situations that require it
payton climer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Apache HTTP Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Rahul Dhangar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache HTTP Server

  • It's hard for us to determine ROI from Apache since most of our sites don't receive high traffic and we don't benchmark performance as often or aggressively as we could.
  • Apache is well documented and extremely common in web hosting offerings, so configuring it and working with it becomes easier.
  • Apache supports cPanel which is a web hosting control panel that makes performing tasks such as implementing SSl, managing files, and administrating databases rather easy.
Justin Roodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

  • IIS is enabling us to rapidly deploy and maintain new products for our staff and customers. It is difficult to assign an ROI on such efforts, but we have seen improvements in our Net Promoter Scores - both internally and externally - as a result of these efforts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache HTTP Server

General

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

Microsoft IIS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache HTTP Server
9.1
Microsoft IIS
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
10.0

Usability

Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
8.0

Performance

Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
7.8

Support Rating

Apache HTTP Server
9.4
Microsoft IIS
8.5

Scalability

Apache HTTP Server
Microsoft IIS
8.0

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