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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka

Despite the disadvantages I list, I really believe that Kafka is the right choice whenever you need a queueing or message broker system. Kafka is way too battle-tested and scales too well to ever not consider it. The only exception is if your use case requires many, many small topics. Also, Kafka doesn't support delay queues out of the box and so you will need to "hack" it through special code on the consumer side.
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 Kafka
Microsoft IIS
8.4
IDE support
Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
8.3
Security management
Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
8.4
Administration and management
Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
9.0
Application server performance
Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
8.9
Installation
Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
9.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
6.6

Pros

Apache Kafka

  • Apache Kafka is able to handle a large number of I/Os (writes) using 3-4 cheap servers.
  • It scales very well over large workloads and can handle extreme-scale deployments (eg. Linkedin with 300 billion user events each day).
  • The same Kafka setup can be used as a messaging bus, storage system or a log aggregator making it easy to maintain as one system feeding multiple applications.
Anonymous | 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 Kafka

  • Still a bit inmature, some clients have required recoding in the last few versions
  • New feaures coming very fast, several upgrades a year may be required
  • Not many commercial companies provide support
Juan Francisco Tavira | 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 Kafka

Apache Kafka 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Kafka is quickly becoming core product of the organization, indeed it is replacing older messaging systems. No better alternatives found yet
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Kafka

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 Kafka

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 Kafka

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 Kafka

Apache Kafka 8.8
Based on 6 answers
We are using the Apache open source version of Kafka. The community is a good place to ask questions. and we can get most of our problems resolved there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 8.4
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 Kafka

I would only use RabbitMQ over Kafka when you need to have delay queues or tons of small topics/queues around.I don't know too much about Pulsar - currently evaluating it - but it's supposed to have the same or better throughput while allowing for tons of queues. Stay tuned - I might update this review after we finish evaluating Pulsar. It's much less battle-tested though.
Anonymous | 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 Kafka

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 Kafka

  • Positive impact on ROI since now we can use one large deployment of Apache Kafka that can be used for multiple scenarios ( storage systems, log aggregate, messaging queue ).
  • It is open-source so there are no licenses or subscription fees reducing the cost of deployment.
  • Data can now be ingested and analyzed in real-time making it easy to fine-tune the customer experience and decision making for internal IT.
Anonymous | 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 Kafka

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 Kafka
8.5
Microsoft IIS
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka
9.0
Microsoft IIS
10.0

Usability

Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
8.0

Performance

Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
7.8

Support Rating

Apache Kafka
8.8
Microsoft IIS
8.4

Scalability

Apache Kafka
Microsoft IIS
8.0

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