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Azure vs. UpCloud

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Storage performance
UpCloud Azure
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Compute performance
UpCloud Azure
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Why we are better

Key points

Azure’s block storage has a very slow performance even if you select SSD. Most of the times if you are looking for a high-performance storage from Azure you have to upgrade to the premium storage plans.

In our core, we truly believe that enterprise-grade performance and reliability should be available for everyone! With this thought in mind, we developed our own storage technology by the name MaxIOPS. It’s explicitly built to give you the best I/O performance per dollar, without sacrificing any reliability! MaxIOPS often provides you with more than 2x the performance over enterprise-grade SSDs. In addition, to provide you with the consistent high performance we even limited it at 100,000 IOPS per virtual disk!

Private networking and Floating IPs are essentials in building modern and scalable web applications. A private network lets your cloud servers communicate through a secure channel that is not exposed to the public network (i.e. the Internet) and doesn’t count towards your bandwidth costs. When comparing most cloud providers, our private network spans all our data centres and regions and is not isolated to a single datacenter.

When choosing Azure, you are forced to pick from a confusing number of resource plans they have pieced together for you. Once you’ve selected the right plan you can’t be as flexible as you want with it. If you ever hit a bottleneck with resources provided by Azure your only option is to try to find a new plan somewhat matching your requirements. By doing so you end up with a considerably more expensive system and wasting money on resources you don’t need.

With UpCloud, you get full flexibility with resources you get! All cloud servers can be deployed using cost-effective preconfigured plans or with fully customizable resources, completely according to your budget and needs. You can choose the amount of CPUs, RAM and storage that your service or application needs. Also, you are able to switch between preconfigured plans and custom configuration at any time! With such flexibility, you are in complete control of your performance and costs.

UpCloud Microsoft Azure Difference
Instance 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 25GB MaxIOPS 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 64GB SSD (B1S) -
Location West Europe (Netherlands) West Europe (Netherlands) -
Price (USD) $5/mo ~$9.224/mo -0.5x
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random read) 101726 IOPS 426 IOPS +238.8x
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random write) 25754 IOPS 226 IOPS +113.9x
CPU(sysbench, CPU) 6691 5359 +1.2x
Memory(sysbench, Memory) 2118K ops/s 2027K ops/s -

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Adam Piotrowski, Lead Software Engineer

Nimble IaaS provider

If you’re looking for a nimble IaaS provider, check out UpCloud. Great service, good prices, all-around nice guys =)

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Significant database access speedup

Brought up another UpCloud server & activated the most troublesome site on it – significant database access speedup, looks like we have a winner!

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Helsinki (HQ)

In the capital city of Finland, you will find our headquarters, and our first data centre. This is where we handle most of our development and innovation.


London was our second office to open, and a important step in introducing UpCloud to the world. Here our amazing staff can help you with both sales and support, in addition to host tons of interesting meetups.


Seattle is our 4th and latest office to be opened, and our way to reach out across the pond to our many users in the Americas.


Singapore was our 3rd office to be opened, and enjoys one of most engaged and fastest growing user bases we have ever seen.