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Amazon Web Services offers the Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) which provides pub/sub messaging and push notifications to iOS and Android devices. It is meant to operate in a microservices architecture and which can support event-driven contingencies and support the decoupling of applications.Simple Notification Service: A worthy choiceAmazon SNS is an incredibly useful service. In my previous organizations, we used it as an easy way to get a notification service set up with our users without having to manage any servers or additional resources. The messages are incredibly inexpensive and cost close to nothing. I only know that it was being used in my sector for sure, however, I am confident that it was being used all across the organization as well. It was the only available service that could solve our email/SMS notification needs with available scaling, cost savings, and ease of use for our employees and customers.,Super simple setup and deployment. You can have a new service set up within minutes and in a serverless environment as well Well documented and incredibly easy to use. There are available APIs in almost every relevant language and are all well documented by AWS. Getting any team up to date on their new Notification architecture shouldn't take longer than a day. Being managed by AWS themselves makes the service highly available in every possible way. Your SNS deployment is almost guaranteed to never go down without you ever lifting a finger to make it so.,The AWS website UI could use some definite improvement. The website itself is very clunky and hard to navigate and always seems to have the wrong information in the wrong places. It is a monstrous task trying to make a website as complicated as AWS look simple and easy to navigate but even with some minor improvements it would become much more user and beginner friendly. Troubleshooting can be very difficult when encountering an issue with SNS and often many AWS services. By having all of your infrastructure in the cloud, it makes troubleshooting networking problems quite complicated. On top of this, aws provides little return information when a message fails to send, leaving a lot of guesswork to be done on your part to fix the issue.,9,Positive from the cost savings of the service itself Positive from the labor savings from both the ease of setup and learning curve of the programmers,Amazon Simple Email Service,Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDBSNS gets the job done but not the best in this spaceAmazon SNS is being used by my organization for all push notification services for both iOS and Android. We have been using it for all marketing-related push notifications as well as trigger-based push notifications in order to inform our users of promotions we're running or information about their upcoming bus trip they have planned.,Allows you to send test push notification messages from console easily Straightforward integration into the codebase Easy integration/easy to maintain if already part of AWS ecosystem,Testing on different environments was a challenge to setup. Unclear how it's really supposed to work. Mobile device tokens get disabled easily during testing making the push notification testing process fail silently. SMS Delivery setup procedures not as straightforward.,6,Ability to serve up marketing push notifications to our users in a timely fashion Ability to serve up trigger-based push notifications to our users Ease of integration allowed for fast deployment,Mixpanel,Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
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Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)
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Score 7.6 out of 101
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October 17, 2018

Amazon SNS Review: "Simple Notification Service: A worthy choice"

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Amazon SNS is an incredibly useful service. In my previous organizations, we used it as an easy way to get a notification service set up with our users without having to manage any servers or additional resources. The messages are incredibly inexpensive and cost close to nothing. I only know that it was being used in my sector for sure, however, I am confident that it was being used all across the organization as well. It was the only available service that could solve our email/SMS notification needs with available scaling, cost savings, and ease of use for our employees and customers.
  • Super simple setup and deployment. You can have a new service set up within minutes and in a serverless environment as well
  • Well documented and incredibly easy to use. There are available APIs in almost every relevant language and are all well documented by AWS. Getting any team up to date on their new Notification architecture shouldn't take longer than a day.
  • Being managed by AWS themselves makes the service highly available in every possible way. Your SNS deployment is almost guaranteed to never go down without you ever lifting a finger to make it so.
  • The AWS website UI could use some definite improvement. The website itself is very clunky and hard to navigate and always seems to have the wrong information in the wrong places. It is a monstrous task trying to make a website as complicated as AWS look simple and easy to navigate but even with some minor improvements it would become much more user and beginner friendly.
  • Troubleshooting can be very difficult when encountering an issue with SNS and often many AWS services. By having all of your infrastructure in the cloud, it makes troubleshooting networking problems quite complicated. On top of this, aws provides little return information when a message fails to send, leaving a lot of guesswork to be done on your part to fix the issue.
It is well suited for generic push notification requirements. It can be quickly created and modified to best suit your application at any given moment. However for any notification service that needs to be highly customizable for a specific deployment should be implemented through a competing or custom built service run on company servers.
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September 14, 2018

Amazon SNS Review: "SNS gets the job done but not the best in this space"

Score 6 out of 10
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Amazon SNS is being used by my organization for all push notification services for both iOS and Android. We have been using it for all marketing-related push notifications as well as trigger-based push notifications in order to inform our users of promotions we're running or information about their upcoming bus trip they have planned.
  • Allows you to send test push notification messages from console easily
  • Straightforward integration into the codebase
  • Easy integration/easy to maintain if already part of AWS ecosystem
  • Testing on different environments was a challenge to setup. Unclear how it's really supposed to work.
  • Mobile device tokens get disabled easily during testing making the push notification testing process fail silently.
  • SMS Delivery setup procedures not as straightforward.
If you and your team are adamant about having a product that lives under the Amazon Web Service umbrella, I can see how SNS would be a good choice for you. However, I do feel that post-integration, there was some regret due to the complexity we were experiencing during testing. We would have been better suited long-term going with a different product.
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Amazon Web Services offers the Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) which provides pub/sub messaging and push notifications to iOS and Android devices. It is meant to operate in a microservices architecture and which can support event-driven contingencies and support the decoupling of applications.

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