Microsoft Azure vs Scaleway

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Microsoft Azure and Scaleway. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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
  • India
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Scaleway

Scaleway was founded in 2015.
It is headquartered in France.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • France
  • Netherlands

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VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
DEV1-S 4.99€ 2 2.0 20 0 Jun 03 2020
DEV1-M 9.99€ 3 4.0 40 10000 Aug 09 2020
B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Mar 21 2020
DEV1-L 19.99€ 4 8.0 80 0 Apr 06 2020
B2s $30.37 2 4.0 8 100 Nov 25 2019
F1s $36.50 1 2.0 16 1000 Feb 02 2020
GP1-XS 41.99€ 4 16.0 150 Feb 17 2020
B2MS $60.73 2 8.0 16 0 Sep 16 2019
F2s v2 $61.00 2 4.0 16 0 Jul 14 2019
D2 v3 $69.12 2 8.0 50 0 May 10 2020
D2a v4 $69.12 2 8.0 50 0 Jul 17 2020
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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?

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Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
DEV1-S
4.99€
E C D D C
DEV1-M
9.99€
E C D E D
B1MS
$15.11
C E D F B
DEV1-L
19.99€
E C F D C
B2s
$30.37
B C D F A
F1s
$36.50
C E B F B
GP1-XS
41.99€
C B D C B
B2MS
$60.73
A C C D C
F2s v2
$61.00
B B C D C
D2 v3
$69.12
C D B E B
D2a v4
$69.12
B C B F A
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Microsoft Azure Scaleway
Number of instance creations in sample 8 9
Average provisioning time 125s 34s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up the grades above.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Microsoft Azure and Scaleway. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better


Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Microsoft Azure and Scaleway. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without error.



Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better


During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU 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 Microsoft Azure and Scaleway. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better


Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

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 Scaleway.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Scaleway 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

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Scaleway 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

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Scaleway on the Sustained CPU Endurance 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 Scaleway Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Custom Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 2
Number of Datacenter Continents  5 1
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