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Microsoft Azure vs Amazon EC2

Microsoft Azure
Amazon EC2

This page was updated with new data on July 15 2019.


Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Amazon EC2 t2-micro $7.49 1 1.0 10 100 May 06 2018
Amazon EC2 t3.micro $7.49 2 1.0 20 0 Jun 03 2019
Amazon EC2 t3.small $14.98 2 2.0 8 1000 Jan 29 2019
Microsoft Azure B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Oct 11 2018
Amazon EC2 t2-small $16.56 1 2.0 8 250 Mar 24 2018
Amazon EC2 a1.medium $18.36 1 2.0 20 100 Nov 28 2018
Amazon EC2 t3-medium $29.95 2 4.0 8 200 Aug 22 2018
Microsoft Azure B2s $30.37 2 4.0 8 100 Aug 06 2018
Microsoft Azure A1 v2 $31.39 1 2.0 10 200 Dec 27 2018
Amazon EC2 t2-medium $33.41 2 4.0 8 250 Jul 22 2018
Microsoft Azure F1 $36.00 1 2.0 16 1000 Mar 19 2019
Microsoft Azure F1s $36.50 1 2.0 16 1000 May 14 2018
Microsoft Azure F2s v2 $61.00 2 4.0 16 0 Jul 14 2019
Amazon EC2 m5a.large $62.00 2 8.0 20 100 Mar 31 2019
Amazon EC2 m5.large $69.12 2 8.0 20 200 Nov 14 2018
Microsoft Azure D2 v3 $69.12 2 8.0 50 0 May 16 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?

Plan Name Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
Amazon EC2 t2-micro B F E E C
Amazon EC2 t3.micro C D E E B
Amazon EC2 t3.small B C D D D
Microsoft Azure B1MS B F D E C
Amazon EC2 t2-small B F D C C
Amazon EC2 t3-medium B D D C B
Microsoft Azure B2s B D F D B
Microsoft Azure A1 v2 F F D F D
Amazon EC2 t2-medium B D D D D
Microsoft Azure F1 C E E E B
Microsoft Azure F1s B E D D B
Microsoft Azure F2s v2 A B C D C
Amazon EC2 m5a.large C D D D C
Amazon EC2 m5.large B C C C B
Microsoft Azure D2 v3 B D B E C
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Microsoft Azure Amazon EC2
Number of instance creations in sample 4 5
Provisioning time in seconds 112s 37s

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 Amazon EC2. 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
EC2 t2-micro 63.0ms
EC2 t3.micro 72.0ms
EC2 t3.small 62.0ms
EC2 t2-small 53.0ms
EC2 t3-medium 55.0ms
EC2 t2-medium 52.0ms
EC2 m5a.large 66.0ms
EC2 m5.large 50.0ms
Azure B1MS 62.0ms
Azure B2s 57.0ms
Azure A1 v2 196.0ms
Azure F1 61.0ms
Azure F1s 61.0ms
Azure F2s v2 48.0ms
Azure D2 v3 64.0ms

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 Amazon EC2. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
EC2 t3.micro 652.5
EC2 t3.small 604.7
EC2 a1.medium 897.3
EC2 t3-medium 554.2
EC2 t2-medium 701.1
EC2 m5a.large 540.7
EC2 m5.large 644.8
Azure B1MS 333.2
Azure B2s 647.0
Azure A1 v2 134.1
Azure F1 317.7
Azure F2s v2 701.9
Azure D2 v3 505.3

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 Amazon EC2.


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

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
EC2 t2-micro 343.6ms
EC2 t3.micro 357.2ms
EC2 t3.small 359.8ms
EC2 t2-small 338.6ms
EC2 t3-medium 339.8ms
EC2 t2-medium 344.8ms
EC2 m5a.large 353.2ms
EC2 m5.large 338.8ms
Azure B1MS 318.6ms
Azure B2s 316.2ms
Azure A1 v2 324.2ms
Azure F1 322.8ms
Azure F1s 318.0ms
Azure F2s v2 295.6ms
Azure D2 v3 322.6ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 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
EC2 t3.micro 1673.2Mbps
EC2 t3.small 418.7Mbps
EC2 a1.medium 181.8Mbps
EC2 t3-medium 1850.2Mbps
EC2 t2-medium 506.8Mbps
EC2 m5a.large 573.8Mbps
EC2 m5.large 629.0Mbps
Azure B1MS 904.7Mbps
Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Azure A1 v2 594.3Mbps
Azure F1 1416.9Mbps
Azure F1s 1599.2Mbps
Azure F2s v2 284.9Mbps
Azure D2 v3 735.5Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
EC2 t2-micro 458.1
EC2 t3.micro 2150.7
EC2 t3.small 4280.3
EC2 t2-small 1017.4
EC2 t3-medium 1732.2
EC2 t2-medium 2184.5
EC2 m5a.large 1901.8
EC2 m5.large 4587.6
Azure B1MS 1028.9
Azure B2s 2124.8
Azure A1 v2 614.5
Azure F1 1596.9
Azure F1s 1308.6
Azure F2s v2 6048.2
Azure D2 v3 2281.9

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 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.

Amazon EC2 Review Microsoft Azure Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  10 40
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4





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