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Microsoft IIS vs nginx: What are the differences?

What is Microsoft IIS? A web server for Microsoft Windows. Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.

What is nginx? A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet. nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.

Microsoft IIS and nginx can be categorized as "Web Servers" tools.

"Great with .net" is the top reason why over 77 developers like Microsoft IIS, while over 1437 developers mention "High-performance http server" as the leading cause for choosing nginx.

nginx is an open source tool with 9.1K GitHub stars and 3.43K GitHub forks. Here's a link to nginx's open source repository on GitHub.

Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas Microsoft IIS is used by Intuit, Accolade, and CampusBookRentals. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8669 company stacks & 2556 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft IIS, which is listed in 1498 company stacks and 312 developer stacks.

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I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact | 3 upvotes 路 146.1K views
Recommends
NGINX

I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We are a LAMP shop currently focused on improving web performance for our customers. We have made many front-end optimizations and now we are considering replacing Apache with nginx. I was wondering if others saw a noticeable performance gain or any other benefits by switching."

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NGINX

I use nginx because it is very light weight. Where Apache tries to include everything in the web server, nginx opts to have external programs/facilities take care of that so the web server can focus on efficiently serving web pages. While this can seem inefficient, it limits the number of new bugs found in the web server, which is the element that faces the client most directly.

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Leandro Barral
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NGINX

I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP | 1 upvotes 路 138.9K views

I use Apache HTTP Server because it's intuitive, comprehensive, well-documented, and just works

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Decisions about Microsoft IIS and NGINX
Daniel Calvo
Co-Founder at Polpo Data Analytics & Software Development | 5 upvotes 路 6.6K views

For us, NGINX is a lite HTTP server easy to configure. On our research, we found a well-documented software we a lot of support from the community.

We have been using it alongside tools like certbot and it has been a total success.

We can easily configure our sites and have a folder for available vs enabled sites, and with the nginx -t command we can easily check everything is running fine.

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Grant Steuart
  • Server rendered HTML output from PHP is being migrated to the client as Vue.js components, future plans to provide additional content, and other new miscellaneous features all result in a substantial increase of static files needing to be served from the server. NGINX has better performance than Apache for serving static content.
  • The change to NGINX will require switching from PHP to PHP-FPM resulting in a distributed architecture with a higher complexity configuration, but this is outweighed by PHP-FPM being faster than PHP for processing requests.
  • The NGINX + PHP-FPM setup now allows for horizontally scaling of resources rather vertically scaling the previously combined Apache + PHP resources.
  • PHP shell tasks can now efficiently be decoupled from the application reducing main application footprint and allow for scaling of tasks on an individual basis.
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Pros of Microsoft IIS
Pros of NGINX
  • 80
    Great with .net
  • 53
    I'm forced to use iis
  • 25
    Use nginx
  • 18
    Azure integration
  • 14
    Best for ms technologyes ms bullshit
  • 9
    Fast
  • 6
    Reliable
  • 5
    Performance
  • 3
    Powerful
  • 3
    Webserver
  • 3
    Simple to configure
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Shipped with Windows Server
  • 1
    Ssl integration
  • 1
    1
  • 1
    Security
  • 1
    袨褏褍械薪薪褘泄
  • 1.5K
    High-performance http server
  • 899
    Performance
  • 730
    Easy to configure
  • 606
    Open source
  • 529
    Load balancer
  • 286
    Scalability
  • 285
    Free
  • 222
    Web server
  • 174
    Simplicity
  • 133
    Easy setup
  • 29
    Content caching
  • 19
    Web Accelerator
  • 14
    Capability
  • 13
    Fast
  • 11
    Predictability
  • 10
    High-latency
  • 6
    Reverse Proxy
  • 6
    Fast and lightweight
  • 6
    Supports http/2
  • 4
    The best of them
  • 4
    Lots of Modules
  • 4
    Great Community
  • 4
    Enterprise version
  • 3
    Embedded Lua scripting
  • 3
    Reversy Proxy
  • 3
    Streaming media delivery
  • 3
    Streaming media
  • 3
    High perfomance proxy server
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 2
    saltstack
  • 2
    Fast and easy to set up
  • 2
    Slim
  • 1
    GRPC-Web
  • 1
    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
  • 1
    Ingress controller
  • 1
    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
  • 1
    Virtual hosting
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Cons of Microsoft IIS
Cons of NGINX
  • 1
    Had to stuck on MS stack
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    Advanced features require subscription

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What is Microsoft IIS?

Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.

What is NGINX?

nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.

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How developers use Microsoft IIS and NGINX
MaxCDN uses
NGINX

The original API performed a synchronous Nginx reload after provisioning a zone, which often took up to 30 seconds or longer. While important, this step shouldn鈥檛 block the response to the user (or API) that a new zone has been created, or block subsequent requests to adjust the zone. With the new API, an independent worker reloads Nginx configurations based on zone modifications.It鈥檚 like ordering a product online: don鈥檛 pause the purchase process until the product鈥檚 been shipped. Say the order has been created, and you can still cancel or modify shipping information. Meanwhile, the remaining steps are being handled behind the scenes. In our case, the zone provision happens instantly, and you can see the result in your control panel or API. Behind the scenes, the zone will be serving traffic within a minute.

AngeloR uses
Microsoft IIS

This is a legacy system requirement. We have some portions of our website written in PHP. Normally this wouldn't be an issue but at the time they decided to use PHP+Windows they were also trying to use MSSQL databases (All the microsoft influence was due to some azure credits the company received early on). The particular driver they ended up picking forced them into using the mssql_* functions instead of PDO. This meant that the majority of the site used these rather outdated calls and replacing them was a rather large endeavour. So while we migrate some of the PHP backend away to various node.js api systems we are simply sustaining the existing PHP portions.

Cloudcraft uses
NGINX

Nginx serves as the loadbalancer, router and SSL terminator of cloudcraft.co. As one of our app server nodes is spun up, an Ansible orchestration script adds the new node dynamically to the nginx loadbalancer config which is then reloaded for a zero downtime seamless rolling deployment. By putting nginx in front or whatever web and API servers you might have, you gain a ton of flexibility. While previously I've cobbled together HAProxy and Stun as a poor man's loadbalancer, nginx just does a much better job and is far simpler in the long run.

datapile uses
NGINX

Used nginx as exactly what it is great for: serving static content in a cache-friendly, load balanced manner.

It is exclusively for production web page hosting, we don't use nginx internally, only on the public-facing versions of static sites / Angular & Backbone/Marionette applications.

SIA Monkey See Monkey Do uses
NGINX

We use NGINX both as reverse HTTP proxy and also as a SMTP proxy, to handle incoming email.

We previously handled incoming email with Mandrill, and then later with AWS SES. Handling incoming email yourself is not that much more difficult and saves quite a bit on operational costs.

Wirkn Inc. uses
NGINX

NGINX sits in front of all of our web servers. It is fantastic at load balancing traffic as well as serving as a cache at times when under massive load. It's a robust tool that we're happy to have at the front lines of all Wirkn web apps.

Performance Assessment Network (PAN) uses
Microsoft IIS

Web server for our 9 web applications and associated web services and external integrations

David Flynn uses
Microsoft IIS

We host our ASP.NET Core APIs on Windows Server 2016 / IIS.

Yue Wang uses
Microsoft IIS

Web Server. Deployed on Windows 2012 r2.

Proactima Solutions AS uses
Microsoft IIS

Our web frontends are running on IIS