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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Web 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).
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Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS is well suited for simple website hosting and for more complex web application setups as well. Granular security features allow you to make your web site or app to be protected as much as possible. Plus by default the best integration with other Microsoft services like Active Directory, WSUS, SCCM, etc. However, if you need just a basic website that is not based on MS components, open source solutions like Apache or Nginx could be better and cheaper (based on Linux).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
7.5
IDE support
Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
8.0
Security management
Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
7.5
Administration and management
Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
8.2
Application server performance
Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
7.1
Installation
Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
8.1
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Web Server
Microsoft IIS
6.5

Pros

Apache Web Server

  • Apache web server is free and doesn't come tagged with license/purchase costs.
  • Apache is the oldest web server and is widely used. The major advantage here is that all kinds of issues have been reported/resolved which gives an ease of understanding/ability for the user for install/support purposes.
  • It is the most widely used web server in the market and has been known to support new technology. This web server is continuously updated by a team of developers- keeping it up to standards.
  • Apache has a strong user community that helps with answering questions in any area - installation/support/maintenance/upgrade of this software.
  • Apache web server is a highly recommended server and its disadvantages outweigh its advantages any time.
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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.
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Cons

Apache Web Server

  • Apache web server uses thread based processing which has some ove head when compared to newer web servers.
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Microsoft IIS

  • The performance of Microsoft IIS is always slightly behind more lean web servers like Apache and NGINX.
  • Microsoft IIS is locked to the Windows Operating System. For some components (SCCM and WSUS) you are essentially forced to use IIS, instead of a more open source Apache or Mono solution.
  • Security concerns over Windows IIS web servers. While this isn't directly the fault of IIS, since issues usually occur from vulnerabilities within the Windows OS.
  • IIS is closed source, which does remove customizability and the ability for the community to review the code base. An open source web server will usually has less exploits, since the code base can be reviewed and debugged by anyone.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Web Server

No score
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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.
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Usability

Apache Web Server

No score
No answers yet
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Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 7.8
Based on 6 answers
Usability is "ok" for some out-of-the-box functionality, it becomes more cumbersome when you really need to start customizing settings and permissions. A plus for the IIS platform in general is that many applications that run on top of IIS will automatically configure IIS for you when you install the application which prevents the need for advanced customization.
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Performance

Apache Web Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 8.0
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.
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Support

Apache Web Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS 6.7
Based on 3 answers
We have never used customer support for Microsoft IIS. We usually search for questions in users communities.
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Alternatives Considered

Apache Web Server

Apache is terrific. Zeus is actually built on Apache and adds a mediocre at best interface to controlling it. IIS is only good on Windows. Netscape servers are probably not even around anymore, but when they were, were the absolute worst. I couldn't move my office off of them fast enough.
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Microsoft IIS

Apache and Nginx are both lower overhead solutions compared to IIS, but require extensive configuration through files or command lines. For someone creating a website for the first time, these solutions are difficult to understand and implement.
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Return on Investment

Apache Web Server

  • Since there is no cost, ROI is infinite.
  • Its ease to deploy has made it simple to deploy new servers in minutes instead of hours when we need to add more servers to handle increased loads.
  • Management of the servers is simplified by being able to copy configs (or sometimes the entire Apache directory) from one server to another to get things up and running in limited time.
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Microsoft IIS

  • Increased setup time helped us deploy our applications faster than some of the other offerings.
  • Easier to manage without having to have employees learn a new server OS and Server App.
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Pricing Details

Apache Web 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

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