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Apache Web Server

It is the best choice for serving PHP applications due to its wide-spread popularity and huge community support. Very easy to start a new project of any complexity and easy to set up on localhost machines. But provided the fact that Apache is not the fastest and cleanest option available for hosting static content, you can never go wrong with your decision if you are using PHP or Perl language for serving dynamic content to serious business users.
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.NET

.NET is extremely well suited for creating any custom application on nearly any platform. It does not matter if you are creating a word processing application, a graphics editor, or a calculator. However, applications that work in 3D are a little hampered in the .NET environment. There are packages available to provide classes and interfaces with the graphics hardware, but they are not as polished and easy to work with as the standard .NET interface.
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Pros

  • 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.
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  • Memory Handling
  • Garbage Collection
  • Service Orientation
  • Extensive Framework
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Cons

  • The default configurations which comes with Apache server needs to get optimized for performance and security with every new installation as these defaults are not recommended to push on the production environment directly.
  • Security options and advanced configurations are not easy to set up and require an additional level of expertise.
  • Admin frontend GUI could be improved to a great extent to match with other enterprise tools available to serve similar requirements.
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  • Interacting with some of the core functionalities of the computer requires the user to know C++ and program using unmanaged code. However, I don't think this is a limitation that only applies to .NET.
  • .NET has a very powerful feature to allow generic access to objects, known as Language-Integrated Query or LINQ. Knowing how to use this feature is not required to create applications, but makes development much easier. Since it is not required, there is very little motivation to learn how to implement LINQ. It might be beneficial to promote this feature more heavily.
  • It is difficult to find a third area that could be improved with .NET.
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Alternatives Considered

Both Nginx and Apache are trying to accomplish the same thing, with the exception that Nginx is a much faster product. It allows for multi-threading which spreads out the traffic around the server. Apache is typically enabled by default and due to the high volume of websites often put out, it is easier to just go with Apache.
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There really isn't anything like .NET. I have tried using Eclipse to develop applications in Java, and have tried using Qt Creator to develop C++ applications. I found Microsoft's Visual Studio suites far easier to use.
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Return on Investment

  • There is less negativity involving the world's most researched, well supported web server with a strong community that helps in trouble shooting issues pertaining to all areas possible.
  • Business impact is on the positive side as the cost of the software is free and there are no licensing hassles.
  • apache web server also serves as a reverse proxy server as well in helping consumers redirect traffic as needed and secure entry into their websites. This server when customized also acts in authorizing users into their sites and redirecting appropriate traffic. It provides a high level of opportunity for customization.
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  • Extremely positive - can no longer imagine coding without it.
  • Robust framework that saves untold man hours of coding.
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Apache Web Server

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

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