Microsoft Azure vs Vultr

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We have tested 16 VPS plans from Microsoft Azure and Vultr. 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
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

Vultr

Vultr was founded in 2014.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VC2 1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Dec 29 2018
High Frequency 1GB $6.00 1 1.0 32 1000 Mar 19 2020
VC2 2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 55 2000 Dec 23 2019
High Frequency 2GB $12.00 1 2.0 64 2000 May 12 2020
B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Mar 21 2020
VC2 4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 3000 May 03 2020
High Frequency 4GB $24.00 2 4.0 128 3000 Aug 23 2019
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
VC2 8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 4000 Feb 07 2020
High Frequency 8GB $48.00 3 8.0 256 4000 Oct 30 2019
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

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
VC2 1GB $5
$5.00
D E C C B
High Frequency 1GB
$6.00
B D A B B
VC2 2GB $10
$10.00
C D C B B
High Frequency 2GB
$12.00
C E C B B
B1MS
$15.11
C E D F B
VC2 4GB $20
$20.00
C B C B B
High Frequency 4GB
$24.00
A B B A 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
VC2 8GB $40
$40.00
C B B C C
High Frequency 8GB
$48.00
A A B B 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
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Microsoft Azure Vultr
Number of instance creations in sample 9 11
Provisioning time in seconds 131s 55s

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 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

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
Vultr
High Frequency 4GB 39.0ms
High Frequency 8GB 52.0ms
High Frequency 1GB 56.0ms
VC2 2GB $10 60.0ms
VC2 4GB $20 67.0ms
VC2 1GB $5 76.0ms
VC2 8GB $40 83.0ms

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 Microsoft Azure and Vultr. 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
Vultr
VC2 1GB $5 313.1
VC2 2GB $10 413.3
High Frequency 2GB 428.1
High Frequency 1GB 467.1
VC2 4GB $20 863.6
High Frequency 4GB 1029.6
VC2 8GB $40 1203.2
High Frequency 8GB 1302.3

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Microsoft Azure and Vultr. 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
Vultr
VC2 1GB $5 87.2
High Frequency 2GB 100.4
VC2 8GB $40 106.5
High Frequency 1GB 119.4
VC2 4GB $20 132.1
VC2 2GB $10 140.9
High Frequency 4GB 194.7
High Frequency 8GB 283.6

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 Vultr.


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

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
Vultr
High Frequency 4GB 630.3Mbps
VC2 2GB $10 719.5Mbps
High Frequency 8GB 740.1Mbps
High Frequency 1GB 766.9Mbps
VC2 8GB $40 887.0Mbps
VC2 4GB $20 936.4Mbps
VC2 1GB $5 1255.7Mbps
High Frequency 2GB 1355.3Mbps

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 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
Vultr
VC2 1GB $5 1402.5
High Frequency 2GB 2426.4
High Frequency 1GB 3036.4
VC2 2GB $10 3645.2
VC2 8GB $40 5340.8
High Frequency 4GB 6513.5
VC2 4GB $20 6879.2
High Frequency 8GB 7961.0

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Vultr 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
Vultr
VC2 8GB $40 335.2ms
High Frequency 8GB 337.8ms
VC2 1GB $5 338.8ms
High Frequency 4GB 338.8ms
High Frequency 1GB 340.6ms
VC2 2GB $10 352.2ms
VC2 4GB $20 363.4ms

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.


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 Vultr Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Custom Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 17
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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