Amazon Web Services unwraps e-mail

Simple Email Service, which integrates with AWS tools and focuses on "marketing and transactional messages," is free at low usage.

Amazon Web Services is taking aim at the business world with e-mail.

The new Simple Email Service integrates with the company's existing Amazon Web Services tools and is designed to make it easier for companies to manage e-mail in their operations.

The focus of Simple Email Service is "marketing and transactional messages," Amazon said today. The platform scans outgoing messages to ensure they meet ISP standards and won't get caught up in a recipient's spam folder. The service also boasts a notification system that alerts customers to "bounce backs, failed and successful delivery attempts, and spam complaints," the company said.

Users of Simple Email Service will receive their first gigabyte of data for free. In addition, those who use Amazon's EC2 cloud service or its AWS Elastic Beanstalk application-management service are allowed to send 2,000 e-mail messages for free each day. After that, Amazon charges 10 cents per thousand e-mail messages. The company will also charge customers 10 cents per gigabyte of data that's transferred in through the e-mail platform. Pricing on data that's transferred out through the e-mail ranges from 8 cents to 15 cents per gigabyte, depending on the amount of data used each month.

Amazon Simple Email Service is currently in beta. However, the company is allowing customers to sign up now.

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