SES - A cheap and easy way to send emails
November 08, 2019

SES - A cheap and easy way to send emails

Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Simple Email Service

We use SES across the organization. The main use-cases are as described below:
  • To provide auto-response of "Contact Us" like inquiry
  • We use SES in our CI and CD pipelines to supply the necessary information to respective stakeholders about build, deployment and unit testing
  • Some of the web solutions which we have hosted and requires to send outbound emails, we use SES
  • It provides a Console approach to send emails. This approach is really effective to monitor your mailing activities.
  • Amazon provides great integration with other services as well. One can trigger a lambda function when Email is received. One can set SNS for the notification of bounced emails.
  • The HTML content as an email body makes it possible to format your email. To put the tables and bit complex layout are also easy with SES in place.
  • Even if you do not want to spam, you cant send an email to the unverified users.
  • Integration with other services is a bit tricky. To watch the trail, handle bounced emails, save emails on S3 are not straightforward to implement.
  • When you want to send a lot of emails (in bulk), it takes a significant amount of time.
  • We could easily streamline email response and send email events through SES.
  • Since it is a little closed service, it requires a bit of extra effort to glue it with other solutions.
SES has proper SDK for most of the languages and it has good documentation for the same. If you are an intermediate level user or developer of AWS, you don't find SES as too difficult to implement. In case of some corner needs, you will find quick support on their forums and if you have set SLA, they respect it really well.

Do you think Amazon Simple Email Service delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Amazon Simple Email Service's feature set?

Yes

Did Amazon Simple Email Service live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Amazon Simple Email Service go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Amazon Simple Email Service again?

Yes

When you have set up your ecosystem with AWS, SES is the best option to send a message. If you have EC2 for any of the applications, you can do 62K free emails per month. The way it interacts with SNS, S3, AWS KMS (to encrypt the email before storing to the S3) and Amazon cloud watch makes it more comprehensive.
If you are not an Amazon shop and just looking for SMTP solutions, SES is not for you.