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Microsoft IIS vs Passenger: What are the differences?

Developers describe Microsoft IIS as "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. On the other hand, Passenger is detailed as "A fast and robust web server and application server for Ruby, Python and Node.js". 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.

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

"Great with .net" is the top reason why over 77 developers like Microsoft IIS, while over 43 developers mention "Nginx integration" as the leading cause for choosing Passenger.

Passenger is an open source tool with 4.41K GitHub stars and 505 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Passenger's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Microsoft IIS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1498 company stacks & 312 developers stacks; compared to Passenger, which is listed in 380 company stacks and 40 developer stacks.

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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 Passenger?

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.
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    What are some alternatives to Microsoft IIS and Passenger?
    Apache Tomcat
    Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
    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.
    SharePoint
    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.
    OpenResty
    OpenResty (aka. ngx_openresty) is a full-fledged web application server by bundling the standard Nginx core, lots of 3rd-party Nginx modules, as well as most of their external dependencies.
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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.

    Avatar of Performance Assessment Network (PAN)
    Performance Assessment Network (PAN) uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

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

    Avatar of pludoni GmbH
    pludoni GmbH uses PassengerPassenger

    "deploy + forget" application deployment with good default configuration.

    Avatar of David Flynn
    David Flynn uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

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

    Avatar of Yue Wang
    Yue Wang uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

    Web Server. Deployed on Windows 2012 r2.

    Avatar of Trustroots
    Trustroots uses PassengerPassenger

    Serving NodeJS app together with Nginx.

    Avatar of Proactima Solutions AS
    Proactima Solutions AS uses Microsoft IISMicrosoft IIS

    Our web frontends are running on IIS

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