Compare IIS vs. NGINX Plus

IIS is ranked 5th in Application Infrastructure with 1 review while NGINX Plus which is ranked 2nd in Application Infrastructure with 9 reviews. IIS is rated 8.0, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IIS writes "For us it's a lightweight web host that is easy to configure for simple webpages". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "Extremely efficient in terms of the connection rate to the CPU cycles ratio". IIS is most compared with NGINX Plus, Oracle WebLogic Server and JBoss, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with HAProxy , F5 BIG-IP and IIS.
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Pros
It is a lightweight web host that is easy to configure for simple webpages.

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Its most valuable features are load balancing and application delivery. This is the most efficient application for these features because of stability and its efficiency.NGINX works much better than HAProxy in our current hardware and architecture for HTTP/HTTPS load balancing. ​​The robust software architecture allows for it to be scalable and very stable.​The flexibility of its modules allow it to be scalable.​​Zero Downtime has always been a strength in recommending infrastructure web services. NGINX allows me to execute such infrastructure with less complications and the ability to switch from server to server easily.​When I worked in a security research center, we tested NGINX to support DoS and DDoS attacks, and its results were great.Valuable features include authentication, caching, reverse proxy routing, and load balancing.The best solution, by far, for web traffic control for things in production and just around the house.

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Cons
Finding different settings can be difficult if you don't know where to look.

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They should do in the open source version of what they did to Advanced HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing.Our most challenging part was to run an older PHP website reverse-proxied through NGINX. That was not fun.If NGINX brings some features for health check in the open source version, it would be better. ​Make modules easier to enable or disable. The beauty and ugly side of the NGINX modules is you have to know how to compile the module. For beginners or non-very technical aspirant(s) going for NGINX, they have to learn how to compile the modules.​I would like it to have a more user-friendly graphical interface.The biggest room for improvement would be to allow NGINX Core machines to cluster for memory zones in some way with a plug and play module. ​Only improvement needed that I would point to is scalability. With it, I mean clusterized organisation on a low level. At the moment, the best alternative is RHEL HA.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is licensed with your Windows installation which makes it relatively cheap if you already have a Windows Server sitting around.

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​NGINX is a free tool in Brazil. There are some companies which do support it.​The price is the cost to contract support with a specialized company, usually during consulting hours.​​NGINX Plus is worth it, if you need it. If you do not need the features or support, the free and open source package is more than capable. ​I am not so happy with their pricing policy, but this is not the worse thing in my life. I can tolerate it.Nginx is free. I don't have experience with the Plus version.

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Overview
Internet Information Services (IIS) provides a secure, easy-to-manage, modular and extensible platform for reliably hosting websites, services and applications. With IIS, you get choice and control without giving up reliability or security.

NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern web.

NGINX is the world’s most popular open source web server and load balancer for high‑traffic sites, powering over 200 million properties.

NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

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Sample Customers
Erste Bank Group, NJVC, Samsung Electronics, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Tata Steel Europe, Urban Software InstituteLocaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
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