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Poll Results: Windows IIS vs Apache

 
  • 21% (9)
    Windows IIS
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    Apache
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post #11 of 25
I run IIS and Apache a lot (not just home use). They are about as good as each other.

If you already have IIS (XP Pro, Vista, Windows Server), and it is just for home use, use IIS. The only downside is that there is a simultaneous connection limit for the one you get with XP Pro (5.1), but I believe XP Pro SP2 increased that limit to 50, which should be fine for personal use. If you regularly have more than 50 people connecting at once, you shouldn't be running the web server out of your house anyway and a little paid hosting would go a long way. Note that this connection limit is obviously not there on Windows Server.

If you are trying to run a commercial web server out of your house and don't have Windows Server or can't install IIS (for example you use XP Home), use Apache.

My personal preference is definitely IIS for Windows or Apache for nix. I wouldn't bother installing Apache on Windows. So, choose your server operating system first and then see what you have available.

Some of the above comments on IIS are not really true. For example, the fact that Apache is more modular does not mean that IIS has fewer features. Also, I don't know where the "Apache is easier to configure" idea came from because I find IIS significantly easier. Editing text files and reloading the daemon just isn't as easy as using the IIS GUI and not having to reload anything.

I find that for performance and built in functionality, IIS 6.0 and 7.0 on Windows Server 2003 and 2008 respectively commonly mop the floor with Apache 1.3 and 2.0 on Windows but these operating systems are expensive and if you are already using Linux, BSD or whatever, Apache httpd is the only one worth going for.

Most web servers in the world use Apache httpd because most web servers in the world run BSD or Linux. However, assuming you already run Windows, my vote went to IIS.
Edited by ghell - 7/23/08 at 8:04am
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thanx rep
thats really want i needed to know

and does windows server have a mail exchange server too?
Edited by karan.t - 7/23/08 at 1:03pm
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post #13 of 25
Windows Server comes with SMTP (SMTP is actually part of IIS I believe) and POP (separate to IIS but just another component that you can install from the CD) but they aren't that great. I use Postfix on Debian for my mail servers but these are significantly harder to set up.

If you want to run a proper Windows mail server, get Microsoft Exchange Server. Of course, this significantly adds to the cost again. PDAs seem to generally have special features for Exchange Server but I have never used them.

If you just want a little bit of email, for example sending emails from a script your web server, the built in SMTP in IIS is fine. I even used it as a full mail server for about a year before we migrated it to Linux. I did have quite a large problem with spam though when I was using IIS' SMTP (spamassassin took care of that nicely when I switched to Linux) but I expect that you can buy spam filters that work with it anyway.
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post #14 of 25
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This is the kind of hits i get
i pay for

24mb download
1.3mb Upload

I get
19mb down
1mb up

static IP

and i can still upgrade to get 2.5mb upload

this is the kind of stats i get
u think it would be ok withis this kind of connection
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Should be fine. ~1000 hits a month isn't that much (~33 a day). Even 250MiB/mo transfer only works out at about 350KiB/hr and that seems to have been a big spike of transfer over 3 days, so not your usual amount of transfer.
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its not 1000 a month its 1000 daily average
per month last month was 42,700
and per day it was 1425

that spike was in months, we have a spike 4 or 5 times a year coz of wat we do
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Apologies for misreading the chart. I may be misreading it further but it seems that the time of the year with the most transfer, you also have almost the fewest hits. Is there any reason for this? Could these large transfers be deterring visitors away from your site, for example? If so, this would indicate that you need to improve performance (at least during these busy months).

Still, with 1500 per day, it is only about 1 per minute on average. This should be fine for your connection as they are obviously not large requests for most of the year, but depends on the burst rate and how much processing is required per request. If a large database seek is required for every request that takes many seconds and you have some times when there are no requests but others when there are hundreds in the same few minutes, this could cause problems.

If you do not already have a server or server OS, you just have to weigh the cost of buying, running and maintaining the hardware and software against renting a server or renting some web space. If you are already running something like Windows Server 2003 with IIS 6.0 on a machine that can currently handle this and shows no signs of performance loss, just stick with it If you already have the hardware but not Windows Server, it may be better switching to BSD or Linux and using Apache, depending on how much you are willing to spend on an OS.

We reduce the load on our expensive servers by using cheap, redundant external file hosting to host some of our larger files. This can cost only £10 to £20 per month for several high speed budget web hosting accounts but save hundreds per month in reduced costs for the collocated machines. Having lots of mirrors from lots of companies also ensures that the files are always available.

I was in the situation a few years ago where it was either hooking up an SDSL connection to our existing building or collocating every server to a data centre. We ended up collocating because the monthly cost of SDSL was just crazy (we were talking £4000/mo for 4mbps SDSL plus £5000 installation, minus a small rebate for giving them an excuse to upgrade their network). The only problem with this is that there is not a member of our team physically near the servers at all times so we have to call up if we need support or need to visit to do something.

The only time you want to change is when the benefits of the change outweigh the cost of the change. For example, one of our older 5U servers I am replacing with a 2U server because in 9 months the reduced cost of running it pays for itself and it is more powerful anyway, following Moore's law. The 5U server doesn't actually need changing but after those 9 months it costs more to run it than buying and running a new one would have cost.


What, exactly, is your current situation for hardware and software?
Edited by ghell - 7/24/08 at 1:44pm
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post #18 of 25
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no hardware no software.

well to be honest i guess it would be more hassel free to rent a web server

and i am completely new to this

the stats were for my family business, we r art dealers so when we have exhibitons we have the spikes, and server down or noob admin (like me) is something we cant afford to have, coz if email goes down we lose business

i also run my own business for side money, as i am only 20 i was thinking of spending around £200/$400 on making a server, run my site learn and get experiance trouble shooting

then host the family site on it

this is wat i was looking at in hardware

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Hard Drive (http://www.advancetec.co.uk/acatalog/info_1608075.html)

Optical Drive: CD/Re Writer IDE ()

A Drive: 3.5" FLOPPY DISK DRIVE OEM
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but then again i guess if i am learning its better to get a old celeron pc with low ram just an old hunk of junk and try it

as my site is only 6.9mb

and only few images and texts

thanx for the advice
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I'd say run Linux/Apache on the server, it'll be cheaper and more secure, plus it'll run faster on the same hardware.

Linux is the OS of choice for servers.

It isn't that hard to set up, and there is plenty of help around.

If you decide to go with a host, then I'd recommend NearlyFreeSpeech, they are a great host that have never gone down for me, and are very fair, realistic, and reasonable.
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I've never seen either Apache or IIS run faster than each other on the same hardware. The good thing about Linux + Apache is that Linux certainly can run faster if you install the bare minimum. Even more so for BSD, I find. Unless you have a very high load site (which you don't) or a very bad machine, this shouldn't be an issue anyway. I've heard something about a Windows Server 2008 that comes with no GUI but haven't looked into it.

I would say just go with a good web host. At least, for now. Your needs are low and you can always buy or rent a better machine later if your needs increase. There's lots of ~£4/mo hosting out there that would be perfect for you.

All I can really say is don't go with dreamhost. I have had nothing but trouble with them since I switched to them 6 months ago. Globat was pretty crap too but it was better than dreamhost. I have heard that you should avoid godaddy too and from what I can see this seems like a sensible thing to do, but I have never used them.

If your own business is something that might be a bit more intensive than a website, it would be a good idea to rent or even collocate a dedicated server. Renting is usually cheaper at the low end of performance while buying and collocating is usually cheaper at the high end of performance. A server with 8GiB of ram will cost a fair amount to buy but it will work out cheaper than renting after a few months, for example.

If you do decide to go with a data centre (rented or collocated), there's one in Northampton that is the best I've ever used. It's as good as any in London but cheaper because property prices in London are so high. Alternatively, if you want to rent a server in a data centre, you may be better off using a data centre somewhere like the netherlands or the US as these cost peanuts in comparison. If you go this route, make sure you know when to throttle your speed and when to throttle your usage. For, applications that constantly require a lot of bandwidth like game servers it is better to get an unlimited usage, lower speed connection. For things like large web sites that may need a lot of speed one minute and then none the next, it's best to get a data transfer cap (like 2TB a month transfer that can burst to 100mbps for example, vs 4mbps constant that has no transfer limit).
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