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Microsoft Azure vs Linode


Linode Linode Linode Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure
Name 1GB $5 2GB $10 4GB $20 B1MS F1s B2s
Cost per Month ($) 5.0 10.0 20.0 19.25 36.5 31.0
Memory (GB) 1.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 4.0
Disk Space (GB) 25 50 80 4 16 30
CPU cores 1 1 2 1 1 2
Data Transfer (GB) 1000 2000 4000 1000 1000 100
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM Hyper-V Hyper-V Hyper-V
Latest trial Jun 10 2018 May 17 2018 Jul 26 2018 Mar 10 2018 May 14 2018 Aug 06 2018

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?

Linode Linode Linode Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure
Name 1GB $5 2GB $10 4GB $20 B1MS F1s B2s
Web Performance C D C C B A
Raw CPU Power F F C F F D
Performance Stability C C B C C E
Disk IO Performance C C B D D C
Network Performance C C C D B B

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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 Linode. 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
Linode 4GB $20 82.7ms
Linode 1GB $5 85.0ms
Linode 2GB $10 123.3ms
Microsoft Azure B2s 57.3ms
Microsoft Azure F1s 61.3ms
Microsoft Azure B1MS 73.0ms

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.

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
Linode 4GB $20 337.4ms
Linode 1GB $5 340.4ms
Linode 2GB $10 330.8ms
Microsoft Azure B2s 316.2ms
Microsoft Azure F1s 318.0ms
Microsoft Azure B1MS 344.8ms

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

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Microsoft Azure and Linode 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
Linode 4GB $20 835.4Mbps
Linode 1GB $5 1138.5Mbps
Linode 2GB $10 748.6Mbps
Microsoft Azure B2s 1415.2Mbps
Microsoft Azure F1s 1599.2Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Microsoft Azure and Linode on the Network Transfers Comparison page.

Sysbench CPU Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Microsoft Azure and Linode. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Linode 4GB $20 598.6
Linode 1GB $5 302.6
Linode 2GB $10 270.2
Microsoft Azure B2s 635.0
Microsoft Azure F1s 331.6
Microsoft Azure B1MS 259.4

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 Linode.

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
Linode 4GB $20 2619.3
Linode 1GB $5 1362.6
Linode 2GB $10 1109.1
Microsoft Azure B2s 2124.8
Microsoft Azure F1s 1308.6
Microsoft Azure B1MS 1143.1

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

Linode Review Microsoft Azure Review
Hourly Billing  Yes N/A
DDOS Protection  No N/A
Backups  No N/A
Control Panel  Builtin N/A
SSH Keys Setup  No N/A
Total Number of Datacenters  8 N/A
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 N/A

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