Microsoft Azure vs Hetzner

Microsoft Azure
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We have tested 13 VPS plans from Microsoft Azure and Hetzner. This page is a summary and 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

Hetzner

Hetzner was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Hetzner CX11 €2.99 1 2.0 20 20000 Feb 25 2019
Hetzner CX21 €4.90 2 4.0 40 20000 Jul 11 2019
Hetzner CX31 €8.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Sep 30 2019
Microsoft Azure B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Oct 11 2018
Hetzner CCX11 €19.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Dec 14 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
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
Hetzner CCX21 €34.90 4 16.0 160 20000 Apr 29 2019
Microsoft Azure B2MS $60.73 2 8.0 16 0 Sep 16 2019
Microsoft Azure F2s v2 $61.00 2 4.0 16 0 Jul 14 2019
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 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
Hetzner CX11
€2.99
D D D C C
Hetzner CX21
€4.90
B B B B C
Hetzner CX31
€8.90
D C B C D
Microsoft Azure B1MS
$15.11
B F D E C
Hetzner CCX11
€19.90
A B B B B
Microsoft Azure B2s
$30.37
B D D D B
Microsoft Azure A1 v2
$31.39
F F D F D
Microsoft Azure F1
$36.00
C E D E B
Microsoft Azure F1s
$36.50
B E D D B
Hetzner CCX21
€34.90
B A A B C
Microsoft Azure B2MS
$60.73
A C C D C
Microsoft Azure F2s v2
$61.00
B B C D C
Microsoft Azure D2 v3
$69.12
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 Hetzner from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Microsoft Azure Hetzner
Number of instance creations in sample 5 5
Provisioning time in seconds 114s 36s

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 Hetzner. 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
Azure B1MS 62.0ms
Azure B2s 57.0ms
Azure A1 v2 196.0ms
Azure F1 61.0ms
Azure F1s 61.0ms
Azure B2MS 53.0ms
Azure F2s v2 48.0ms
Azure D2 v3 64.0ms
Hetzner CX11 84.0ms
Hetzner CX21 75.0ms
Hetzner CX31 89.0ms
Hetzner CCX11 55.0ms
Hetzner CCX21 67.0ms

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 Hetzner. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Azure B1MS 333.2
Azure B2s 647.0
Azure A1 v2 134.1
Azure F1 317.7
Azure B2MS 714.3
Azure F2s v2 701.9
Azure D2 v3 505.3
Hetzner CX11 365.9
Hetzner CX21 691.2
Hetzner CX31 666.5
Hetzner CCX11 687.7
Hetzner CCX21 1299.0

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 Hetzner.


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
Azure B1MS 318.6ms
Azure B2s 316.2ms
Azure A1 v2 324.2ms
Azure F1 322.8ms
Azure F1s 318.0ms
Azure B2MS 321.8ms
Azure F2s v2 295.6ms
Azure D2 v3 322.6ms
Hetzner CX11 522.8ms
Hetzner CX21 510.2ms
Hetzner CX31 523.0ms
Hetzner CCX11 514.4ms
Hetzner CCX21 508.0ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Hetzner 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

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Hetzner 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
Azure B1MS 1028.9
Azure B2s 2124.8
Azure A1 v2 614.5
Azure F1 1596.9
Azure F1s 1308.6
Azure B2MS 3012.4
Azure F2s v2 6048.2
Azure D2 v3 2281.9
Hetzner CX11 2861.0
Hetzner CX21 5483.9
Hetzner CX31 2714.6
Hetzner CCX11 4751.9
Hetzner CCX21 7970.7

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

Microsoft Azure Review Hetzner Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1


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