Amazon SQS Reviews

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SQS service is under use at the company level, to handle the different application-level requirements. We mostly use it to decouple different level of modules so that we can provide an efficient solution to the end user.
  • Provides very good support for asynchronous processes.
  • Hosted in the cloud, which supports HIPPA complaints.
  • Options for a FIFO and Standard queue, so anyone can choose on the base of their requirements.
  • Has an add-on functionality of configurable parameters, like Delivery Delay, Default Visibility Timeout, Message Retention Period, Receive Message Wait Time, etc.
  • Almost all of the functionality has been covered by SQS, but they could improve the throughput time.
  • Also, they could provide built-in Cloud Watch, so that we can easily configure it without any external efforts.
We needed an application where we could communicate between asynchronous modules, and we needed a reliable solution where we could upload data under the HIPPA compliance, and Amazon SQS is the best fit.
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January 26, 2019

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We use Amazon SQS to decouple and scale our micro-services. Some of our services are responsible for ingesting objects from external APIs. We then need to transform and store these objects. We use SQS to decouple the services responsible for ingestion and transformation. This allows us to easily scale either service tier; it also allows our developers to focus on just one responsibility. SQS is used only by the engineering team. It helps to improve developer velocity; our services have only one responsibility and are easy to reason about and test. It also helps us to inexpensively scale only some tiers in our system.
  • SQS is reliable and fully managed. Our engineers do not have to worry about running RabbitMQ.
  • SQS is very inexpensive.
  • SQS allows data to be encrypted in transit, which may be required for compliance in some products.
  • FIFO queues provide exactly-once processing.
  • Lambda integration is lacking. It would be great if enqueueing a message could trigger a Lambda function. Today, Lambda functions can be invoked periodically by CloudWatch and poll SQS for messages.
  • FIFO queue throughput is limited to ~300 messages/second. This was not a problem for us, but it may be for larger organizations.
  • Delay queues can be great for implementing notification features, but the maximum delay period is too short.
Amazon SQS is great for decoupling micro-services. Decoupling services can result in smaller services that are easier to understand and independently deployable, improving developer velocity. It is also easy to scale tiers independently. SQS is especially great if message order and exactly-once processing are not essential. If you have these requirements, you can still try FIFO queues, but their throughput is limited.
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We used Amazon SQS primiarly as a service queue to perform asynchronous methods for Mandrill emails for customers. It was used by the Engineering team on behalf of the Marketing team.
  • Background messaging queue service
  • Easy to setup and get up and running
  • Great user interface to notify you of a message getting stuck
  • Email messages to inform you of why a message got stuck
  • SMS notification for stuck messages
  • Better error handling
If you are trying to handle a large messaging queue to your customer base, specifically with email marketing notifications in mass quantities, this is a great tool. If you’re doing more personality, one-off messaging then this is not the ideal service.
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About Amazon SQS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Provides the Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), a managed message queue service which supports the safe decoupling and distribution of different components in a cloud infrastructure and cloud applications.
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