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Microsoft Azure vs InMotion Hosting

Microsoft Azure
InMotion Hosting

Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Microsoft Azure B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Oct 11 2018
InMotion Hosting VPS-1000 $29.99 48 4.0 75 4000 Sep 12 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
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
InMotion Hosting VPS-1000 - - - - -
Microsoft Azure A1 v2 F F D F D
Microsoft Azure B1MS B F D E C
Microsoft Azure B2s B D F D B
Microsoft Azure D2 v3 B D B E C
Microsoft Azure F1 C E E E B
Microsoft Azure F1s B E D D B
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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 InMotion Hosting. 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 D2 v3 64.0ms
InMotion VPS-1000 78.0ms


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 InMotion Hosting. 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 D2 v3 505.3
InMotion VPS-1000 1128.8


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 InMotion Hosting.


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
Azure B1MS 318.6ms
Azure B2s 316.2ms
Azure A1 v2 324.2ms
Azure F1 322.8ms
Azure F1s 318.0ms
Azure D2 v3 322.6ms
InMotion VPS-1000 336.6ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and InMotion Hosting 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
Azure B1MS 904.7Mbps
Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Azure A1 v2 594.3Mbps
Azure F1 1416.9Mbps
Azure F1s 1599.2Mbps
Azure D2 v3 735.5Mbps
InMotion VPS-1000 156.8Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and InMotion Hosting 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
Azure B1MS 1028.9
Azure B2s 2124.8
Azure A1 v2 614.5
Azure F1 1596.9
Azure F1s 1308.6
Azure D2 v3 2281.9

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and InMotion Hosting 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.

Microsoft Azure Review InMotion Hosting Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 2
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1





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