Apache Slips, Study Says

More evidence is emerging that Apache is suffering against Redmond, after a survey revealed that Microsoft's Internet Information Services Web server is outserving Apache on Fortune 1000 websites. According to Port80 Software, which periodically surveys the public sites of Fortune 1000 companies to determine their use of web and application hosting technologies, Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0 web server (IIS 6) gained 9.5 percent since August 2006, and passed IIS 5 to lead the survey for the first time, "outserving the open source Apache server and all other Web servers among Fortune 1000 sites."

Overall, IIS 4, 5, 6, and 7 deployments continue a four year lead in the survey with a combined 55 percent share of all Fortune 1000 corporate sites, versus Apache's 24.9 percent share. Last week a similar survey by UK-based research firm Netcraft found that IIS continued to narrow the gap with the open-source Apache web server, suggesting that Redmond's offering could surpass Apache as early as next year.

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you could say, if you want to be a billionaire then use IIS or you could say, only rich can spend money in a bloated and expensive IIS.


I really hate to sound unfair, but the main problem I would have with using IIS:
Apache on Linux/Unix > [server name] on Windows (thanks to little security exploits, viruses, etc. on Windows...)

Actually you could use lighttpd or something on Linux/Unix, and it wouldn't be as bad as running Windows itself.

Again, I hated being unfair, but that's my viewpoint. Windows is just too large of a target for security issues, and those issues don't even need to be with the server if the OS is the victim itself.

IIS just works so well within a AD Domain. I prefer using a Linux box with Apache installed though when it comes to hosting PHP scripts like vBulletin, phpBB, Joomla etc. Just feels like there is less of an overhead.

IIS6 is a solid web server, since 2003 it's had 2 or 3 security related updates from what I remember. And unlike with IIS5 and the whole nightmare that was before, IIS6 has held up very very well.

Now building ontop of that, IIS7 looks even better. It's not hard to see why they're starting to use it more. IIS7 with Windows Server 2008 should make for a very good server.

IIS is really good though... I can see why this is happening. I use both Apache and IIS on a regular basis and Apache can be a pain in the ass to administer inside of the corporate network especially when you can just slap your website up on an IIS box and call it a day.