Microsoft IIS vs nginx vs Apache Tomcat

Microsoft IIS
Microsoft IIS


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Apache Tomcat

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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.

What is Apache Tomcat?

Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.

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        It empowers teamwork with dynamic and productive team sites for every project team, department, and division. Share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and seamlessly collaborate across the organization.
        Apache HTTP Server
        The Apache HTTP Server is a powerful and flexible HTTP/1.1 compliant web server. Originally designed as a replacement for the NCSA HTTP Server, it has grown to be the most popular web server on the Internet.
        Phusion Passenger is a web server and application server, designed to be fast, robust and lightweight. It takes a lot of complexity out of deploying web apps, adds powerful enterprise-grade features that are useful in production, and makes administration much easier and less complex.
        Gunicorn is a pre-fork worker model ported from Ruby's Unicorn project. The Gunicorn server is broadly compatible with various web frameworks, simply implemented, light on server resources, and fairly speedy.
        Unicorn is an HTTP server for Rack applications designed to only serve fast clients on low-latency, high-bandwidth connections and take advantage of features in Unix/Unix-like kernels. Slow clients should only be served by placing a reverse proxy capable of fully buffering both the the request and response in between Unicorn and slow clients.
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              MaxCDN uses nginxnginx

              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’t 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’s like ordering a product online: don’t pause the purchase process until the product’s 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.

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              AngeloR uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft 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.

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              Cloudcraft uses nginxnginx

              Nginx serves as the loadbalancer, router and SSL terminator of 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.

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              datapile uses nginxnginx

              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.

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              Pēteris Caune uses nginxnginx

              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.

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              Wirkn Inc. uses nginxnginx

              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.

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              Promethean TV uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

              Apache Tomcat is part of the open source Ant Media Server platform that currently provides both LIVE and VOD video trans-coding and delivery features for the Promethean Platform.

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              Kingsley Victor uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

              I use Tomcat to run Java enterprise web apps. Used to test enterprise applications mostly written using the Spring framework

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              Cian Ó Cuinneagáin uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

              Use this as the application server running on our production and development environment. Hosted on AWS.

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              The Independent uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

              Tomcat provides a fantastic application container that runs the majority of services of the site.

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              simpleshow GmbH uses Apache TomcatApache Tomcat

              Apache Tomcat is being used as our application server for spring-based backend applications.

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              Performance Assessment Network (PAN) uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

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

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              David Flynn uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

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

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              Yue Wang uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

              Web Server. Deployed on Windows 2012 r2.

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              Proactima Solutions AS uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

              Our web frontends are running on IIS

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