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Lwan vs Microsoft IIS: What are the differences?

Lwan: Experimental, scalable, high performance HTTP server. In development for almost 3 years, Lwan was until now a personal research effort that focused mostly on building a solid infrastructure for a lightweight and speedy web server; 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.

Lwan and Microsoft IIS belong to "Web Servers" category of the tech stack.

Lwan is an open source tool with 5.01K GitHub stars and 524 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Lwan's open source repository on GitHub.

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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
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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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Pros of Lwan
Pros of Microsoft IIS
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    C and Lua Scripting
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    Free
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    High-performance http server
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    Performance
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    Great with .net
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    I'm forced to use iis
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    Use nginx
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    Azure integration
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    Best for ms technologyes ms bullshit
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    Fast
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    Reliable
  • 6
    Performance
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    Powerful
  • 3
    Simple to configure
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    Webserver
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    Easy setup
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    Security
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    Shipped with Windows Server
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    Ssl integration
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    1
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    Охуенный
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    I am not forced to use iis anymore :)

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Cons of Lwan
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      Had to stuck on MS stack

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    What is Lwan?

    In development for almost 3 years, Lwan was until now a personal research effort that focused mostly on building a solid infrastructure for a lightweight and speedy web server.

    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.

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