The only choice to host Microsoft platform web apps
June 02, 2021

The only choice to host Microsoft platform web apps

Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft IIS

We use IIS to host web applications for both internal and external use. Years ago we made the switch from traditional desktop apps to web applications. When the decision was made to do so, we leaned on the Microsoft .Net platform and IIS as our choice for web technology. We have a plethora of custom web apps, and IIS is currently hosting our home grown ESB.
  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to maintain
  • Works well with build/release pipelines in Azure devops
  • Angular/node apps don't run on IIS, or at least we never figured out how. Rather we ended up using nginx.
  • There are still occasional memory leaks - check your recycle settings!
  • If you have very heavy usage for web APIs, IIS requires regular restarts for reasons unknown.
  • Integration to Azure devops for CICD
  • Reliability
  • Performance
  • Scalability
  • Since IIS is relatively easy to setup and maintain it reduces operational costs.
  • Security patches come down as part of routine Microsoft updates, so keeping up to date is easy.
  • Integration with Azure devops means deploying applications is rolled out via CICD very easy to manage.
It's difficult to compare Apache HTTP Server, nginx, and IIS - they really serve a similar purpose on a different stack. IIS is well suited to the Microsoft stack. Apache HTTP Server works well for Java web applications. nginx is a multipurpose tool that we sometimes deploy as a reverse proxy or to host our angular and node applications. When it comes to hosting .net, .net core, wcf,, aspnet core... IIS is the only choice.

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IIS as a web application server is perfectly suited for .net, .net core, applications. Our core ESB runs on IIS and has hundreds of gigabytes of data moved through it every day spread across millions of transactions. We have other mission critical applications that deliver our results to patients and doctors relying on IIS web application servers. If you stay in the Microsoft development stack, IIS is a top tier, efficient, and reliable web server.

Microsoft IIS Feature Ratings

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Using Microsoft IIS

The IIS UI hasn't changed in ages, but it's functional and works well for it's purpose. There's no quirkiness in configuration if you know what you're doing. Since it's so popular, odds are there's decent community help available too. It's reliable and stable, and makes efficient use of CPU/memory resources. Overall a good product...
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Setting up applications is straight forward
  • deploying from azure devops is very simple
  • configuring certificates and security
  • doing anything with non-Microsoft stack apps