Microsoft Azure vs Amazon Lightsail

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Microsoft Azure and Amazon Lightsail. 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

Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail was founded in 2016.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • UK
  • USA

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best VPS May 2019

This provider is related to Amazon EC2.

EC2 is the full featured cloud offering from Amazon.


VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Mar 22 2019
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Oct 22 2019
B1MS $15.11 1 2.0 4 1000 Oct 11 2018
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 07 2019
B2s $30.37 2 4.0 8 100 Nov 25 2019
A1 v2 $31.39 1 2.0 10 200 Dec 27 2018
F1 $36.00 1 2.0 16 1000 Mar 19 2019
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 May 19 2019
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 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
1GB 1core
$5.00
F F F E D
2GB 1core
$10.00
B E E E C
B1MS
$15.11
B F D E C
4GB 2cores
$20.00
B C C D D
B2s
$30.37
A D C E B
A1 v2
$31.39
F F D F D
F1
$36.00
C E D E B
8GB 2cores
$40.00
B C C D C
B2MS
$60.73
A C C D C
F2s v2
$61.00
B B C D C
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 Amazon Lightsail from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Microsoft Azure Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 6 6
Provisioning time in seconds 125s 44s

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 Lightsail. 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 58.0ms
Azure A1 v2 196.0ms
Azure F1 61.0ms
Azure B2MS 53.0ms
Azure F2s v2 48.0ms
Azure D2 v3 64.0ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 147.0ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 62.0ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 59.0ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 60.0ms

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 Lightsail. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Azure B1MS 333.2
Azure B2s 687.5
Azure A1 v2 134.1
Azure F1 317.7
Azure B2MS 714.3
Azure F2s v2 701.9
Azure D2 v3 505.3
Lightsail 1GB 1core 327.7
Lightsail 2GB 1core 348.6
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 709.9
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 702.5

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 Lightsail.


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 317.2ms
Azure A1 v2 324.2ms
Azure F1 322.8ms
Azure B2MS 321.8ms
Azure F2s v2 295.6ms
Azure D2 v3 322.6ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 351.2ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 356.0ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 344.8ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 361.0ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Lightsail 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 1250.5Mbps
Azure A1 v2 594.3Mbps
Azure F1 1416.9Mbps
Azure B2MS 759.1Mbps
Azure F2s v2 284.9Mbps
Azure D2 v3 735.5Mbps
Lightsail 1GB 1core 583.3Mbps
Lightsail 2GB 1core 697.9Mbps
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 647.8Mbps
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 860.6Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Lightsail 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 2349.5
Azure A1 v2 614.5
Azure F1 1596.9
Azure B2MS 3012.4
Azure F2s v2 6048.2
Azure D2 v3 2281.9
Lightsail 1GB 1core 317.1
Lightsail 2GB 1core 1191.0
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 2477.1
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 3061.4

Review and compare endurance test results for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Lightsail 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 Amazon Lightsail Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Custom custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  40 13
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4


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