AWS Messaging & Targeting Blog

Welcome, Mandrill Customers!

After the recent announcement of changes with Mandrill, we have received many questions from Mandrill customers who are looking at options for email service providers.

Moving to a new platform can be daunting. If you want to understand what SES is and what it can do for you, check out our product detail page and Getting Started guide. We also have our re:Invent 2014 and 2015 presentations, with real-world examples on how to use the email sending and receiving capabilities of SES. Like many other AWS products, SES offers a free tier.

If you’re ready to dive in and start your migration, we have put together a list of resources to get you up and running with SES.

  • If you send emails through an SMTP interface, check out our SMTP endpoints.
  • If you send emails through a web API, take a look at the SES API. You can interact with the SES API directly through HTTPS, or use one of the many AWS SDKs that take care of the details for you. AWS SDKs are available for Android, iOS, Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, and Ruby.
  • If you are an API user, note that:

    • Mandrill’s send method corresponds to SES’s SendEmail.
    • Mandrill’s send-raw method corresponds to SES’s SendRawEmail.
    • There is no corresponding send_at parameter for SES – messages are queued for delivery when you make an email-sending call to SES.
    • There is no need to specify async – SES API calls are inherently asynchronous.
  • If you process incoming email, we offer the ability to receive those emails through SES. Through our inbound processing, you can save your emails to S3, receive SNS notifications, and perform custom logic using Lambda.
  • To help you maintain good deliverability, we can automatically DKIM-sign your emails using Easy DKIM. (You are also free to do that manually.)
  • SES offers a mailbox simulator you can use to test your application’s handling of scenarios such as deliveries, bounces, and complaints.

We want your transition to be simple. If you have any questions, we welcome you to our forums, or you can review our support options.

Welcome to SES!