Amazon Cognito launches support for in-Region integration with Amazon SES and Amazon SNS
We are pleased to announce that in all AWS Regions that support Amazon Cognito, you can now integrate Amazon Cognito with Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) and Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) in the same Region. By integrating these services in the same Region, you can more easily achieve lower latency, and remove cross-Region dependencies in your architecture. Amazon Cognito lets you add authentication, authorization, and user management to your web and mobile apps. Amazon Cognito scales to millions of users and supports sign-in with social identity providers such as Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon, and enterprise identity providers that support SAML 2.0 and OpenID Connect (OIDC).
Amazon Cognito launched new console experience in 2021 that makes it even easier for you to manage Amazon Cognito user pools and add sign-in and sign-up functionality to your applications. The new console has now been further enhanced to configure the in-Region Amazon SES options as shown in Figure 1, and Amazon SNS options as shown in Figure 2. Also you can configure the same via Amazon Cognito APIs. Thus you can update your in-Region Amazon SES, Amazon SNS configuration options through the console, API, or CLI. You can use Amazon Cognito in a Region that suits your business requirements and sustainability goals, and extend your Amazon Cognito architecture to additional Regions.
In-Region integration with Amazon SES and Amazon SNS is currently available in all Regions where Amazon SES, Amazon SNS and Amazon Cognito are available. For up to date information, see the AWS Regional Services List. To learn more, see What is Amazon Cognito?.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What Region will Amazon Cognito console default to when I configure Amazon SES and Amazon SNS Regions?
When creating new user pools, the Amazon Cognito console auto-populates the Region to in-Region, but you still have to select the identity. Existing user pools with cross-Region Amazon SES or Amazon SNS integration will not be affected.
Can I update an existing user pool to integrate with Amazon SES or Amazon SNS in the same Region?
Yes, you can change your configuration so that Amazon Cognito integrates with either Amazon SES or Amazon SNS, or both, in the same Region.
What Regions can I use with Amazon Cognito for Amazon SNS and Amazon SES?
For most up-to date mapping of Regions to use, see the table in SMS message settings for Amazon Cognito user pools.
Why should I change from cross-Region to same-Region Amazon SES or Amazon SNS?
Amazon Cognito is designed to scale to millions of users. Your users expect prompt delivery of their messages for multi-factor authentication and account setup. Using Amazon SES and Amazon SNS in the same Region as your user pool improves performance by reducing the round-trip time of the call that Amazon Cognito makes to Amazon SES or Amazon SNS.
What are the key benefits of using in-Region integration?
Availability: Availability is improved as you no longer will have cross-Region dependency for Amazon SES or Amazon SNS.
Latency: Transit time for API requests is most efficient within a single AWS Region.
Usability: Billing, logging, and setup are more transparent when you consolidate resources in the same Region.
Which version of Amazon Cognito user pools console does this change apply to?
This change applies to current version of the new Amazon Cognito user pool console experience. Also this change applies to current version of Amazon Cognito APIs.
Will my current cross-Region integration change?
No. Your AWS resources are your own and will not be changed. If you want to make use of the new in-Region integration, you must update your user pool configuration to integrate with Amazon SES or Amazon SNS in the same AWS Region.
Will I be placed in the SMS sandbox if I change my Amazon SNS Region?
The SMS sandbox status is Region dependent, so whether or not your user pool is in the SMS sandbox depends on the SNS Region you configure in your user pool. When your account is in the SMS sandbox, Amazon Cognito can send SMS text messages only to verified phone numbers and not to all of your users. When you move to a new Region, verified phone numbers will also need to be re-verified. For more information, see SMS message settings for Amazon Cognito user pools.
To find info about whether your user pool is configured in an SNS Region that is in the SMS sandbox, you can view the SmsConfigurationFailure field in DescribeUserPool API.
Which API parameters can developers use to make the in-Region changes?
Amazon SES: verified Amazon SES identities from the new Regions will be allowed through SourceArn parameters in the AWS::Cognito::UserPool EmailConfiguration type, and in the AWS::Cognito:: RiskConfiguration NotifyConfiguration type.
Amazon SNS: There is now a new parameter called SnsRegion in the SmsConfiguration type in the following APIs:
Will my automation scripts break due to this change?
This change to support in-Region integration will not break your automation scripts. If future updates include changing the default Region value to in-Region, we plan to inform all Amazon Cognito customers about this change with sufficient time to transition to the new default Region value.
Can I revert to my original Region integration if I run into an issue?
Yes, the ability to use Amazon SES or Amazon SNS resources in a different AWS Region is still supported.
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