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Microsoft Azure vs Google Compute Engine


GCE GCE GCE Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure
Plan Name g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2 B1MS B2s F1s A1 v2 F1
Monthly Price $18.50 $34.20 $68.40 $15.11 $30.37 $36.50 $31.39 $36.00
CPU cores 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1
Memory (GB) 1.7 3.75 7.5 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 10 20 10 4 8 16 10 16
Data Transfer (GB) 100 100 100 1000 100 1000 200 1000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V
Latest trial Aug 16 2018 Nov 07 2018 Jan 27 2019 Oct 11 2018 Aug 06 2018 May 14 2018 Dec 27 2018 Mar 19 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?

GCE GCE GCE Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure
Plan Name g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2 B1MS B2s F1s A1 v2 F1
Web Performance C D C B B B E C
Raw CPU Power E E D F D F F E
Performance Stability C C C C E C C C
Disk IO Performance D E D D D D F E
Network Performance D C C C B B D C

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 Google Compute Engine. 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
GCE n1-standard-2 68.5ms
GCE g1-small 70.3ms
GCE n1-standard-1 84.0ms
Azure B2s 57.3ms
Azure F1 60.5ms
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 Google Compute Engine. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
GCE n1-standard-2 557.9
GCE g1-small 355.0
GCE n1-standard-1 354.8
Azure B2s 647.0
Azure F1 317.7
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 Google Compute Engine.

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
GCE n1-standard-2 299.4ms
GCE g1-small 301.0ms
GCE n1-standard-1 300.8ms
Azure B2s 316.2ms
Azure F1 270.6ms
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 Google Compute Engine on the Remote Timings Comparison page.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine 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
GCE n1-standard-2 636.3Mbps
GCE g1-small 432.5Mbps
GCE n1-standard-1 514.9Mbps
Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Azure F1 1416.9Mbps
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 Google Compute Engine 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
GCE n1-standard-2 4457.1
GCE g1-small 1468.1
GCE n1-standard-1 1622.8
Azure B2s 2124.8
Azure F1 1596.9
Azure F1s 1308.6
Azure B1MS 1028.9
Azure A1 v2 614.5

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine 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.

Google Compute Engine Review Microsoft Azure Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 40
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 4

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