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What is Amazon SES?

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.

What is Mailgun?

Mailgun is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email effortlessly.

What is Mandrill?

Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp.
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    What are some alternatives to Amazon SES, Mailgun, and Mandrill?
    Twilio SendGrid
    Twilio SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. Twilio SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability & real-time analytics along with flexible API's.
    MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. It's like your own personal publishing platform.
    Amazon SNS
    Amazon Simple Notification Service makes it simple and cost-effective to push to mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and internet connected smart devices, as well as pushing to other distributed services. Besides pushing cloud notifications directly to mobile devices, SNS can also deliver notifications by SMS text message or email, to Simple Queue Service (SQS) queues, or to any HTTP endpoint.
    It is an email marketing service provider with over 100,000 small business clients world wide. It helps people keep in touch with the subscribers who have requested to be on their mailing list.
    Postmark removes the headaches of delivering and parsing transactional email for webapps with minimal setup time and zero maintenance.
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    Decisions about Amazon SES, Mailgun, and Mandrill
    Todd Gardner
    Todd Gardner
    President at TrackJS · | 9 upvotes · 19.5K views

    We've moved our transactional email away from Mandrill to Mailgun. We had continued using Mandrill after Mailchimp deprecated the service awhile back, because the amount of credits we were offered essentially made it free.

    However, following a couple weeks of frequent downtime and poor service transparency from Mandrill, we decided it was time to make the switch. It appears they no longer had any engineers with the ability to identify the core problems.

    Mailgun has been more reliable, yet not as reliable as we expected. We still see issues a few times per week with the API failing when we attempt to make a call. The Reporting UI is way better.

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    Reviews of Amazon SES, Mailgun, and Mandrill
    Review ofMandrillMandrill

    This is by far the best way to send emails. I learned the API in under 15 minutes and started sending email right then. And best of all, it's completely free to use them for me! They give you 12,000 emails/month for free. I don't have to send much email, so I've never paid a cent. I highly recommend them.

    Review ofMailgunMailgun

    Very easy to setup, support was helpful, too. The free plan is great for starting out. Used it in conjunction with my cloud hosting on DigitalOcean and had no trouble getting it all setup. Still not doing high volume yet, but so far pleased.

    How developers use Amazon SES, Mailgun, and Mandrill
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    Yaakov Belch uses MailgunMailgun

    All my personal e-mail (inbound and outbound, personal, transactional and mailing lists) goes through mailgun.

    This gives me full control, especially about e-mail addresses: I assign different inbound e-mail addresses for different contacts, so that I can filter SPAM by just blocking the e-mail addresses that leaked out.

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    Foundbite uses MandrillMandrill

    We use Mandrill to send transactional emails and newsletters. We've just moved from SendGrid as Mandrill has far better support for templates and also integrates really nicely with MailChimp where we can design the emails.

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    Pathwright uses MandrillMandrill

    We started off with AWS SES, but found it to be lacking in diagnostics and reporting. Mandrill is a quantum leap forward in this regard. Has some other really neat features carried over from MailChimp (templating).

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    Kalibrr uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Our internal emails (such as exception notifications) are sent via Amazon SES, since it's cheaper than using Sendgrid. We also use Amazon SES as a fallback in case we have deliverability issues with Sendgrid.

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    Volkan Özçelik uses MailgunMailgun

    Mailgun is the only mailing service that I trust to deliver critical user and system emails of

    It works great, and for my current usage volume it’s free.

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    osu! Ripple uses MailgunMailgun

    Mails from the website frontend are sent through Mailgun, mainly because of the free plan of 10,000 emails which perfectly suits us.

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    Ataccama uses MandrillMandrill

    We use Mandrill to handle all transactional emailing - from welcome letters to password reminders to notifications.

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    Dynamictivity uses MandrillMandrill

    Mandrill is used to send out all e-mail from the application and any tools and services in our infrastructure.

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    Romans Malinovskis uses MandrillMandrill

    We have add-on for Agile Toolkit that implements "Outbox" for your application through Mandrill API.

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    atandy uses MailgunMailgun

    I forward all e-mails to Mailgun and appreciate being able to access the objects easily as JSON.

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    BrightMachine uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Sending transactional emails, such as reminders, contact form notifications, confirmations …etc.

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    Onezino Gabriel uses MailgunMailgun

    Serviço para envio de email de modo transacional garantindo o envio e o monitoramento do uso

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    Hevelop uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Amazon SES is the email service we commonly use in clous AWS e-commerce infrastructure.

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    OnlineCity uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Some e-mail communication needs a independent provider, for these purposes we use SES.

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    Secumail uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Good enough, could get a bit more TLC from AWS to beef up compared to the competition

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