Microsoft IIS vs Apache Tomcat

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Microsoft IIS vs Apache Tomcat: What are the differences?

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; Apache Tomcat: An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.

Microsoft IIS and Apache Tomcat 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 76 developers mention "Easy" as the leading cause for choosing Apache Tomcat.

Apache Tomcat is an open source tool with 3.44K GitHub stars and 2.36K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Tomcat's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Microsoft IIS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1492 company stacks & 302 developers stacks; compared to Apache Tomcat, which is listed in 562 company stacks and 419 developer stacks.

Advice on Microsoft IIS and Apache Tomcat

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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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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Decisions about Microsoft IIS and Apache Tomcat

I was in a situation where I have to configure 40 RHEL servers 20 each for Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat server. My task was to 1. configure LVM with required logical volumes, format and mount for HTTP and Tomcat servers accordingly. 2. Install apache and tomcat. 3. Generate and apply selfsigned certs to http server. 4. Modify default ports on Tomcat to different ports. 5. Create users on RHEL for application support team. 6. other administrative tasks like, start, stop and restart HTTP and Tomcat services.

I have utilized the power of ansible for all these tasks, which made it easy and manageable.

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Pros of Microsoft IIS
Pros of Apache Tomcat
  • 82
    Great with .net
  • 53
    I'm forced to use iis
  • 27
    Use nginx
  • 18
    Azure integration
  • 14
    Best for ms technologyes ms bullshit
  • 10
    Fast
  • 6
    Performance
  • 6
    Reliable
  • 4
    Powerful
  • 3
    Webserver
  • 3
    Simple to configure
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Охуенный
  • 1
    Shipped with Windows Server
  • 1
    Ssl integration
  • 1
    1
  • 1
    Security
  • 1
    I am not forced to use iis anymore :)
  • 79
    Easy
  • 72
    Java
  • 49
    Popular
  • 1
    Spring web

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Cons of Microsoft IIS
Cons of Apache Tomcat
  • 1
    Had to stuck on MS stack
  • 1
    Blocking - each http request block a thread

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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 Apache Tomcat?

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

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