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Microsoft Azure vs Vultr


Plans

Azure Azure Azure Azure Vultr Vultr Vultr Vultr
Plan Name B1MS B2s F1s A1 v2 VC2 4GB $20 VC2 1GB $5 VC2 2GB $10 VC2 8GB $40
Monthly Price $15.11 $30.37 $36.50 $31.39 $20.00 $5.00 $10.00 $40.00
CPU cores 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 4
Memory (GB) 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 8.0
Disk Space (GB) 4 8 16 10 80 25 55 160
Data Transfer (GB) 1000 100 1000 200 3000 1000 2000 4000
Virtualization Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Oct 11 2018 Aug 06 2018 May 14 2018 Dec 27 2018 Sep 20 2018 Dec 29 2018 Oct 28 2018 Mar 02 2019

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?

Azure Azure Azure Azure Vultr Vultr Vultr Vultr
Plan Name B1MS B2s F1s A1 v2 VC2 4GB $20 VC2 1GB $5 VC2 2GB $10 VC2 8GB $40
Web Performance C B B F B C D B
Raw CPU Power F D F F C F D B
Performance Stability C E C C C C C C
Disk IO Performance D D D F C D D B
Network Performance C B B D C C C B

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 VPSs from Microsoft Azure and Vultr. 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
Azure B2s 57.3ms
Azure F1s 61.3ms
Azure B1MS 62.5ms
Azure A1 v2 196.0ms
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 49.5ms
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 58.7ms
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 76.3ms
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 78.0ms


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 Performances

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


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Azure B2s 647.0
Azure B1MS 333.2
Azure A1 v2 134.1
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 2058.7
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 856.0
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 313.1
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 422.8


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 Vultr.


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
Azure B2s 316.2ms
Azure F1s 318.0ms
Azure B1MS 318.6ms
Azure A1 v2 324.2ms
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 343.4ms
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 333.8ms
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 338.8ms
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 337.8ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Vultr 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
Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Azure F1s 1599.2Mbps
Azure B1MS 904.7Mbps
Azure A1 v2 594.3Mbps
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 806.1Mbps
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 1051.6Mbps
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 1255.7Mbps
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 1211.2Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Vultr 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
Azure B2s 2124.8
Azure F1s 1308.6
Azure B1MS 1028.9
Azure A1 v2 614.5
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 17086.8
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 6566.2
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 1402.5
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 3172.6

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Vultr 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 Vultr Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Custom Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 15
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4





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