Tuesday, November 8, 2011

All Your node Are Belong to IIS

I recently wrote a post in response to a criticism of node.js. The author’s major gripe was about the performance characteristics of node, which is essentially single-threaded. I asserted that you could probably address this by load-balancing across multiple instances of node on the same server. Well Tomasz Janczuk has developed a better solution, called iisnode, which allows you to host node in Internet Information Server and leverage some of IIS’ process management, security, logging, scalability and management capabilities.

Tomek has documented how to get iisnode up and running in his blog post titled Hosting node.js applications in IIS on Windows.

The prolific Scott Hanselman, who is the Kurt Vonnegut of software development bloggers, has a great post about iisnode titled Installing and Running node.js applications within IIS on Windows - Are you mad?. It provides a thorough overview of iisnode and also includes some interesting performance data.

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