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Can anyone give proposal on smtp server setup solution with aws?

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Hi,
Is there anyone who has the experience to setup the smtp server aimed to do marketing mass mail sending?
Can you give proposal based on your expertise on how to bring the server ready to work?
I have investigate the AWS, there seems two options: The first is to buy one elastic IP and bound to one EC2 instance; The second solution is to use aws SES service directly.
Do you know the difference between the two above solutions?
Can you give a more detail step outlined for me to how to bring the server up and ready for mass mail sending via smtp or a website if you propose to use AWS?

Thanks!
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With SES you don't need to setup a server, you don't have to manage a server, and you don't have to worry about server downtime. You simply send mail. SES now supports regular SMTP so it works out of the box with any and all email marketing packages.
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Is there limited for quantities of email sending with SES?
How to use the SES service?
If we use SES as our mail service, how to use it? Is that Similar to the scenario in case of connect with SMTP client to the smtp server, such as outlookexpress? Or in other manner?
Can you give a camparison between SES solution  and normal setting up own smtp server on an EC2?
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http://aws.amazon.com/ses/

SES has full SMTP support, so you can actually use it with Outlook Express.

Using SMTP with ses: http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/ses/latest/DeveloperGuide/SMTP.html

SES limits: http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/ses/latest/DeveloperGuide/ManagingActivity.PlanningAhead.html

SES also supports a REST-like API that can be used to send email as well as manage the service parameters.

The difference between SES and a server based solution?

With SES you:
* Pay per messages and message bandwidth
* Have TLS out of the box
* Have limits on activity
* Do not set up servers or private AMI
* Do not deal with server availability, performance, backup and disaster recovery.
* Do not install MTA of any kind

With a server you:
* Pay per server hours, storage and bandwidth
* Set up the server just the way you want it.
* Install your own MTA
* Do not have limits on activity.
* Have responsibility for installation, management, and patching.
* Have to deal with  server availability, performance, backup and disaster recovery.
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