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Amazon SES

If you are looking for a no fuss, functional email delivery engine at a very low cost, Amazon SES is great. But, there is a learning curve, the documentation is often dense and many times, you yearn for a simple GUI, while setting up your interface. SES has barebones analytics - virtually none. It also does not do list management. Mapping bounces to SNS is not very intuitive either. If you are sending embedded images, you need to load them from external servers.
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AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Elastic Beanstalk is a great fit for a product that's already open to using Amazon Web Services, but has a team that does not want to work with environment setup. Furthermore, it's really only a fit for situations where the configuration needed from the team fits within a stack that Elastic Beanstalk offers. Even if you're interested in using one of the stacks they do support, you have more ability to modify configurations if you're handling all the setup and configuration on your own.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.8
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.7
Scalability
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9.5
Platform management overhead
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6.4
Workflow engine capability
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.3
Platform access control
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.3
Services-enabled integration
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.4
Development environment creation
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.2
Development environment replication
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.7
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7.3
Issue recovery
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6.8
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon SES
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8.5

Pros

  • Amazon SES is a simple service that's not bloated with unnecessary features.
  • It's fast and reliable. You can literally send thousands of emails without any issue.
  • 10 cents for 1000 emails? The price is just simply amazing!
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  • Removes tedious, error-prone work from team focus for server configuration and environment setup.
  • AWS creates new stacks when underlying software requires security updates, or frameworks release new versions.
  • Greatly improves speed-to-production for many applications.
  • Free resource on top of AWS; it costs nothing additional to use Elastic Beanstalk over the cost of the underlying instances and resources.
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Cons

  • You cannot send embedded images (Base64 encoded) in your emails. This is a pretty big gotcha. So if you want to send images along, it's best to store them externally.
  • Virtually zero analytics on your emails. It is up to you to implement open detection, click detection etc.
  • Has no email list storage. That's up to you.
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  • Documentation was either lacking or too complicated for a beginner
  • The act of removing an instance took me several days to be sure it was actually removed and I wouldn't get billed for it
  • Billing information and estimates are hard to follow
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AWS Elastic Beanstalk1.0
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My particular use case did not justify the upkeep of Elastic Beanstalk
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Usability

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk8.0
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Great CLI and a growing group of people supplying tutorial information on how to make use of the system
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Support

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk9.0
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Great self help documentation covers most issues
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Implementation

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk7.0
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Spend some time investigating how to make the most use of Beanstalk before diving too deep. Take it in small chunks and learn as much as possible!
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon SES is bare-bones, insofar as it will not "help" you with the contents of your message. You cannot use variables in the e-mail, it will not automatically track whether or not the recipient opened the mail or not, it will not help with unsubscribe links, and it will not generate and manage web-based copies of the e-mail. That said, it gives the developer full control of the messages.Pricing, again, is the killer feature here. SES is cheaper than every single e-mail delivery provider I have ever encountered.
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AWS is much more focused on scalability, but Heroku was much easier to get things up and running as a beginner. For simple hosting, I would stick to something like Heroku or Netlify. That said, Elastic Beanstalk is meant for more performant functions requiring large scaling and I would definitely consider it for this type of task.
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Return on Investment

  • All positive things. The fact that we can send tens of thousands of e-mails per month for less than $5 is incredible. Find a better price for something even remotely as high-quality as SES.
  • SES provides a set-and-forget way of handling e-mail. Drop in the credentials, and your developers will never have to mess with it again.
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  • We have a cloud based application, and it solves the problem of computing something which requires heavy resources and not having a large device of your own.
  • Also it is possible to access the machine from anywhere and start working on it.
  • The main benefit it gives us is being able to have a very small ops team for the number of services running.
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Pricing Details

Amazon SES

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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AWS Elastic Beanstalk

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details