Microsoft Azure vs Dreamhost

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from Microsoft Azure and Dreamhost. 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

Dreamhost

Dreamhost was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
gp1_subsonic $6.00 1 1.0 80 3000 Jun 10 2020
gp1_supersonic $12.00 1 2.0 80 10000 Mar 13 2020
B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Mar 21 2020
gp1.lightspeed $24.00 2 4.0 80 10000 Nov 27 2019
B2s $30.37 2 4.0 8 100 Nov 25 2019
F1 $36.00 1 2.0 16 1000 Mar 19 2019
F1s $36.50 1 2.0 16 1000 Feb 02 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

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
gp1_subsonic
$6.00
F F D E F
gp1_supersonic
$12.00
E F B E F
B1MS
$15.11
C E D F B
gp1.lightspeed
$24.00
C D C E C
B2s
$30.37
B C D F A
F1
$36.00
C E D E B
F1s
$36.50
C E B F 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 Dreamhost from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Microsoft Azure Dreamhost
Number of instance creations in sample 8 6
Provisioning time in seconds 132s 39s

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 Dreamhost. 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
Dreamhost
gp1.lightspeed 71.0ms
gp1_supersonic 79.0ms

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 Dreamhost. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Azure
F1 317.7
F1s 322.6
B1MS 367.9
D2 v3 488.9
B2s 687.5
F2s v2 701.9
B2MS 714.3
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 270.1
gp1_supersonic 274.9
gp1.lightspeed 570.8

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Azure
F1 1.8
B1MS 4.3
B2s 6.3
F1s 15.9
F2s v2 22.1
B2MS 23.2
D2 v3 40.8
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 18.0
gp1_supersonic 19.8
gp1.lightspeed 20.7

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 Dreamhost.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Dreamhost 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
B2MS 759.1Mbps
F1s 766.6Mbps
B2s 1250.5Mbps
D2 v3 1323.2Mbps
B1MS 1410.0Mbps
F1 1416.9Mbps
Dreamhost
gp1_supersonic 37.6Mbps
gp1_subsonic 171.7Mbps
gp1.lightspeed 589.4Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Dreamhost 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
B1MS 1131.4
F1 1596.9
B2s 2349.5
F1s 2966.8
B2MS 3012.4
D2 v3 4274.6
F2s v2 6048.2
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 1286.5
gp1_supersonic 1356.7
gp1.lightspeed 2800.8

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Dreamhost 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
Dreamhost
gp1.lightspeed 336.0ms
gp1_supersonic 415.0ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Dreamhost 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 Dreamhost 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 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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