Aruba Cloud vs Microsoft Azure

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We have tested 14 VPS plans from Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Azure. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Aruba Cloud

Aruba Cloud was founded in 1994.
It is headquartered in Italy.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure was founded in 2008.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Cloud VPS Small €2.79 1 1.0 20 2000 May 11 2020
Cloud VPS Medium €6.50 1 2.0 40 5000 Mar 23 2020
Cloud VPS Large €12.50 2 4.0 80 12000 Dec 21 2019
B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Mar 21 2020
Cloud VPS XLarge €25.00 4 8.0 160 25000 Feb 11 2020
B2s $30.37 2 4.0 8 100 Nov 25 2019
A1 v2 $31.39 1 2.0 10 200 Dec 27 2018
F1 $36.00 1 2.0 16 1000 Mar 19 2019
F1s $36.50 1 2.0 16 1000 Feb 02 2020
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores €43.20 2 4.0 40 Apr 30 2020
B2MS $60.73 2 8.0 16 0 Sep 16 2019
F2s v2 $61.00 2 4.0 16 0 Jul 14 2019
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores €63.36 4 4.0 20 Nov 13 2019
D2 v3 $69.12 2 8.0 50 0 May 10 2020

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 or stability (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and is made of one or more metrics measured during the tests.

Grades are evenly distributed between A and F. A is best, F is worst.

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

How are grades calculated?

Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Cloud VPS Small
€2.79
E F C C D
Cloud VPS Medium
€6.50
E F C B D
Cloud VPS Large
€12.50
D D B B C
B1MS
$15.11
C E D F B
Cloud VPS XLarge
€25.00
C B C B C
B2s
$30.37
B C D F A
A1 v2
$31.39
F F D F D
F1
$36.00
C E D E B
F1s
$36.50
C E B F B
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores
€43.20
B B A C A
B2MS
$60.73
A C C D C
F2s v2
$61.00
B B C D C
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores
€63.36
A A B B A
D2 v3
$69.12
C D B E B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Azure from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Aruba Cloud Microsoft Azure
Number of instance creations in sample 10 9
Provisioning time in seconds 183s 131s

In Depth...

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 cloud servers from Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Azure. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average response time
Azure
F2s v2 48.0ms
B2MS 53.0ms
B1MS 56.0ms
B2s 58.0ms
F1 61.0ms
F1s 71.0ms
A1 v2 196.0ms
Aruba
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 49.0ms
Cloud VPS XLarge 68.0ms
Cloud VPS Large 77.0ms
Cloud VPS Medium 83.0ms
Cloud VPS Small 89.0ms

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 Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Azure
A1 v2 134.1
F1 317.7
F1s 322.6
B1MS 367.9
D2 v3 488.9
B2s 687.5
F2s v2 701.9
B2MS 714.3
Aruba
Cloud VPS Small 228.5
Cloud VPS Medium 241.5
Cloud VPS Large 510.3
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 764.1
Cloud VPS XLarge 993.3
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 1531.6

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Azure. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Azure
A1 v2 0.6
F1 1.8
B1MS 4.3
B2s 6.3
F1s 15.9
F2s v2 22.1
B2MS 23.2
D2 v3 40.8
Aruba
Cloud VPS Small 65.4
Cloud VPS Medium 69.9
Cloud VPS Large 80.3
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 94.4
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 107.2
Cloud VPS XLarge 121.5

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 Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Azure.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Azure 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

Plan Network Download Speed
Azure
F2s v2 284.9Mbps
A1 v2 594.3Mbps
B2MS 759.1Mbps
F1s 766.6Mbps
B2s 1250.5Mbps
D2 v3 1323.2Mbps
B1MS 1410.0Mbps
F1 1416.9Mbps
Aruba
Cloud VPS Medium 684.5Mbps
Cloud VPS Small 793.0Mbps
Cloud VPS Large 807.4Mbps
Cloud VPS XLarge 836.4Mbps
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 1281.1Mbps
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 1367.9Mbps

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


Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

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

This test 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 may be.


Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Plan Average ops/hour
Azure
A1 v2 614.5
B1MS 1131.4
F1 1596.9
B2s 2349.5
F1s 2966.8
B2MS 3012.4
D2 v3 4274.6
F2s v2 6048.2
Aruba
Cloud VPS Small 1103.6
Cloud VPS Medium 1134.7
Cloud VPS Large 2283.5
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 4306.5
Cloud VPS XLarge 4542.8
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 8626.5

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


Remote Timings

During the entire duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the connection establishment time + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations. (That excludes the time spent on the server that is already measured in web response times above and it also excludes the DNS resolution time since it is not dependent on the provider).


Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average remote request duration
Azure
F2s v2 295.6ms
B2s 317.2ms
B1MS 318.6ms
F1s 319.8ms
B2MS 321.8ms
F1 322.8ms
A1 v2 324.2ms
Aruba
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 517.2ms
Cloud VPS Large 524.2ms
Cloud VPS XLarge 533.4ms
Cloud VPS Small 540.4ms
Cloud VPS Medium 580.2ms

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


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price of the plan will be marked as missing but they may be available for the fee.

Microsoft Azure Review Aruba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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