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Score 9.2 out of 100

Windows Server

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Likelihood to Recommend

F5 NGINX

[NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

Once you have four or more computers it is appropriate to move the maintenance to a central location rather [than] looking after each computer separately. Especially if you have several branches at different physical locations it makes sense to not only access everything from one location but also easily connect between them and allow [users] to work at either branch.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

F5 NGINX
7.7
Windows Server
IDE support
F5 NGINX
6.0
Windows Server
Security management
F5 NGINX
8.4
Windows Server
Administration and management
F5 NGINX
6.3
Windows Server
Application server performance
F5 NGINX
9.4
Windows Server
Installation
F5 NGINX
7.4
Windows Server
Open-source standards compliance
F5 NGINX
9.0
Windows Server

Pros

F5 NGINX

  • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
  • Great at serving static content.
  • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
  • Open-Source (no cost)!
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • User and device management out of the box. Active directory is a proven system for doing this and works just as well as it always has.
  • ADFS providing integration into many third-party applications using SAML authentication. We use this heavily to make user experience as simple and straightforward as we can.
  • Local DHCP. It's another one of these systems that is very easy to setup and use out of the box and requires very little maintenance, if any. The system is almost unchanged throughout the years and so anyone with server experience can manage it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

F5 NGINX

  • Being relatively newer than alternatives such as Apache, NGINX has room to mature in some areas
  • While very well supported by most OS and cloud vendors, NGINX still requires some additional setup configurations to get going, it is still viewed as a secondary (although better in many cases) option
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • DHCP Server could be better - we use the router for DHCP Routing
  • Print Server - not a fan of using the server as a print server since you have to license it. Direct access to printers via IP addresses is a much more efficient way to go
  • Better backup program - we utilize a third-party program that gives us more flexibility when restoring individual files.
Rob Battaglia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

F5 NGINX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Windows Server

Windows Server 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I've carefully reviewed the servers and services currently running on Windows Server 2012, and given the opportunity would renew them as is going forward. There are two systems I currently have in place, one is a very large Linux implementation for a large ecommerce site, and one is a very large backup solution front ended by FTP servers running Linux. Neither are well suited for Windows, but the overall network infrastructure is and will be Windows Server for the foreseeable future.
Kettric Midura | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

F5 NGINX

F5 NGINX 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

Windows Server 8.7
Based on 4 answers
There are simply too many different parts of Windows Server to make it a cohesive piece of software. While some of the newer features found in Windows Server 2012 and 2016 have nice UIs that are logically laid out, there are enough parts of the system that is still based on old code with clunky UIs and confusing options to make Windows Server a particularly user-friendly experience.
Aaron Pinsker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

F5 NGINX

F5 NGINX 7.8
Based on 10 answers
I'm explicitly rating the open-source version of NGINX here. The open-source version has good documentation and useful examples. As one of the most web servers in the world, there is a wide range of tutorials and examples to learn from. This does have the drawback of potentially using older documentation, but NGINX has excellent default behavior, and the official documentation is easy to use. Their paid support seems excellent as well, though we haven't taken advantage of it yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

Windows Server 8.2
Based on 24 answers
Microsoft has poor support when you need something that can't be found online. For most issues, their knowledge base, tech net forum, etc. offer solutions to most problems. However if you have a specific situation that needs tech support, getting a hold of a knowledgeable rep is very difficult.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

F5 NGINX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Windows Server

Windows Server 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure that you have detailed processes in place for every server instance you plan to install/upgrade, if possible get the base OS loaded and Windows Updates applied ahead of time, and if using a VM take a snapshot prior to installing each role, as well as along the way.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

F5 NGINX

NetApp, f1, etc., [I've] used them all. I find using commodity hardware across diverse endpoints running software solutions is cheaper while being more available than individual hardware solutions. and I find Nginx to be the best proxy solution that can do everything we need.
L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

I have some basic experience using various builds of Linux and have always found myself coming back to Windows. Perhaps after years of working with Microsoft products they all have a similar feel and configuration options. Microsoft products are my typical first choice where available and I typically try to stay away from other products
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

F5 NGINX

  • By using Nginx, we can host multiple web services on a single server, keeping our infrastructure costs lower.
  • Nginx maintains our HTTPS connections, allowing us to keep our promise to our customers that their data is safe in transit.
  • Due to Nginx's extremely low failure rate, our web addresses always return something meaningful, even when individual services go down. In sense, this means we are "always online" and allows us to maintain brand and support our customers even in the face of catastrophe.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • Because of our Microsoft Campus Agreement, Windows products are fairly affordable for us and that has been a huge blessing. We are considering some Azure cloud options and some of that is covered under our Campus Agreement, making it a nice incentive to start migrating certain apps and functionality to the cloud
  • I don't have access to our budgets so I cannot give a good answer as far as the impact of ROI on our institution, but if your company can afford it, you cannot go wrong with Windows server. Not having to send your sys admins to Linux or Unix school alone is a big savings as well as not having to train your staff on using a Linux desktop instead of a Windows-based one.
  • The compatibility with end users of all varieties and platforms will definitely impact your ROI in a positive way. We have Apple users, Android, Windows, and even a few Linux end users on our campus and Windows server works quite well with all of them.
Omar Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

F5 NGINX

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Windows Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

F5 NGINX
9.4
Windows Server
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

F5 NGINX
Windows Server
10.0

Usability

F5 NGINX
9.0
Windows Server
8.7

Support Rating

F5 NGINX
7.8
Windows Server
8.2

Implementation Rating

F5 NGINX
Windows Server
9.0

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