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Microsoft Azure vs DigitalOcean


Plans

DOcean DOcean DOcean DOcean DOcean Azure Azure Azure Azure
Plan Name 1GB 3 cores CPU Optimized 4GB Standard 1GB 1 core Standard 2GB 1 core Standard 4GB 2 cores F1s B1MS B2s A1 v2
Cost per Month ($) 15.0 40.0 5.0 10.0 20.0 36.5 19.25 31.0 32.0
Memory (GB) 1.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 60 25 25 50 80 16 4 30 10
CPU cores 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1
Data Transfer (GB) 3000 4000 1000 2000 4000 1000 1000 100 200
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V
Latest trial Jul 08 2018 Apr 01 2018 Dec 03 2018 Aug 20 2018 Oct 25 2018 May 14 2018 Oct 11 2018 Aug 06 2018 Dec 27 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?

DOcean DOcean DOcean DOcean DOcean Azure Azure Azure Azure
Plan Name 1GB 3 cores CPU Optimized 4GB Standard 1GB 1 core Standard 2GB 1 core Standard 4GB 2 cores F1s B1MS B2s A1 v2
Web Performance C A C D B B B B F
Raw CPU Power C B D F B F F D F
Performance Stability C B B C C C C E C
Disk IO Performance C A D C C D D D F
Network Performance B C B D B B C B D

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 DigitalOcean. 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
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 50.0ms
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 54.0ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 72.8ms
DOcean 1GB 3 cores 76.0ms
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 96.0ms
Azure B2s 57.3ms
Azure F1s 61.3ms
Azure B1MS 62.5ms
Azure A1 v2 196.0ms


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 DigitalOcean. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 744.9
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 397.8
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 306.2
Azure B2s 647.0
Azure B1MS 333.2
Azure A1 v2 134.1


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 DigitalOcean.


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
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 351.2ms
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 340.8ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 361.8ms
DOcean 1GB 3 cores 342.4ms
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 336.2ms
Azure B2s 316.2ms
Azure F1s 318.0ms
Azure B1MS 318.6ms
Azure A1 v2 324.2ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and DigitalOcean 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
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 1400.3Mbps
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 1390.9Mbps
DOcean 1GB 3 cores 1451.3Mbps
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 198.1Mbps
Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Azure F1s 1599.2Mbps
Azure B1MS 904.7Mbps
Azure A1 v2 594.3Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and DigitalOcean 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
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 7109.2
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 5959.0
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 3023.6
DOcean 1GB 3 cores 3819.9
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 1398.7
Azure B2s 2124.8
Azure F1s 1308.6
Azure B1MS 1028.9
Azure A1 v2 614.5

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and DigitalOcean 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.

DigitalOcean Review Microsoft Azure Review
Hourly Billing  Yes N/A
DDOS Protection  No N/A
Backups  No N/A
Control Panel  Builtin N/A
SSH Keys Setup  Yes N/A
Total Number of Datacenters  7 N/A
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 N/A





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