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Microsoft Azure vs Alibaba Cloud


Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure Alibaba Cloud Alibaba Cloud
Plan Name F1s B1MS B2s 1GB 1 core ecs-t5-c1m1-large
Cost per Month ($) 36.5 19.25 31.0 4.5 25.0
Memory (GB) 2.0 2.0 4.0 1.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 16 4 30 40 20
CPU cores 1 1 2 1 2
Data Transfer (GB) 1000 1000 100 1000 10000
Virtualization Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V Unknown KVM
Latest trial May 14 2018 Oct 11 2018 Aug 06 2018 Jun 17 2018 Sep 09 2018

Performance Grades

To summarize the performance of each VPS plan, we generated grades based on the various tests that were run: web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Each grade focuses on one aspect of the VPS speed (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and can be made of one or more of the metrics generated during the tests.

Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure Alibaba Cloud Alibaba Cloud
Plan Name F1s B1MS B2s 1GB 1 core ecs-t5-c1m1-large
Web Performance B B B C A
Raw CPU Power F F D E C
Performance Stability C C E C B
Disk IO Performance D D C E C
Network Performance B C B D F

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The grades above are based on the following test results.

Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application with ~100,000 hits per day for several days on VPSs from Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.

Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average response time
Microsoft Azure B2s 57.3ms
Microsoft Azure F1s 61.3ms
Microsoft Azure B1MS 62.5ms
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large 64.7ms
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core 75.2ms

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, CPU metrics and database performance metrics. All of those are measured locally on the VPS running the web server. All metrics can be compared on the Web Performance Comparison page.

Sysbench CPU Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Microsoft Azure B2s 635.0
Microsoft Azure F1s 331.6
Microsoft Azure B1MS 335.8
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large 647.6
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core 381.6

Sysbench test results are also available for random disk IO tests, sequential disk IO tests and memory tests.

Review and compare all Sysbench numbers on the Sysbench Comparison page for Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud.

Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
Microsoft Azure B2s 316.2ms
Microsoft Azure F1s 318.0ms
Microsoft Azure B1MS 318.6ms
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large 450.8ms
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core 337.6ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud on the Remote Timings Comparison page.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud VPS and we measured the speed of downloads and uploads.

The transfers involve multiple files, 10 threads and last for at least 10 seconds at maximum speed. The transfers are repeated 3 times from different servers and only the fastest transfer is reported here.

Download Speed per Plan

Higher is better

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
Microsoft Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Microsoft Azure F1s 1599.2Mbps
Microsoft Azure B1MS 904.7Mbps
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large 114.8Mbps
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core 537.8Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud on the Network Transfers Comparison page.

Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans very hard for 24 hours straight.

This kind of tests shows how fast the VPS can go for long periods of time, how stable the performance is and it also gives clues on how overallocated the VPSs are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Microsoft Azure B2s 2124.8
Microsoft Azure F1s 1308.6
Microsoft Azure B1MS 1028.9
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3185.5
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core 1469.7

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

Microsoft Azure Review Alibaba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  N/A Yes
DDOS Protection  N/A Yes
Backups  N/A Yes
Control Panel  N/A Custom
SSH Keys Setup  N/A Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  N/A 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  N/A 4

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