As Amazon takes on more and more of a competitive stance against the likes of Google and Microsoft, Amazon has added to its cloud offerings an email sending service which effectively makes Amazon an email service provider. The Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) joins other Amazon cloud offerings, including storage, video and other file hosting, and Amazon’s flagship EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service which allows you to create virtual servers on the fly (and in the cloud).
Explains Amazon, “Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers. Amazon SES eliminates the complexity and expense of building an in-house email solution or licensing, installing, and operating a third-party email service. The service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2. With Amazon SES there is no long-term commitment, minimum spend or negotiation required – businesses can utilize a free usage tier and after that enjoy low fees for the number of emails sent plus data transfer fees.”
So just how much are those low fees?
According to Amazon, there are no up-front fees, and you only pay based on the amount of email you send – generally ten cents per thousand emails sent (if you are an existing Amazon EC2 customer, you can send up to 2000 pieces of email a day free, although data transfer fees still apply).
Of course, the service is brand new, so nobody knows how it will deliver – both literally, and figuratively. If you try it out, we’d love to have you report back here with your experience!
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