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Setting Up Amazon Simple Email Service in Your AWS GovCloud (US) Architecture

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a cost-effective outbound-only email-sending service built on the reliable and scalable infrastructure originally developed to serve the Amazon.com customer base. With Amazon SES, you can send transactional email, marketing messages, or any other type of high-quality content, and you only pay for what you use.

Amazon SES offers a number of functions beyond simply sending email. Along with high deliverability, Amazon SES provides easy, real-time access to your sending statistics and built-in notifications for bounces and complaints to help you fine-tune your email-sending strategy.

To use Amazon SES in your AWS GovCloud (US) architecture, you must have both an AWS account and an AWS GovCloud (US) account. If you do not have an AWS GovCloud (US) account, see Signing Up for AWS GovCloud (US).

To set up Amazon SES, sign in to the Amazon SES console using your standard AWS credentials. You cannot use your AWS GovCloud (US) account credentials to sign into the standard AWS Management Console.

As you set up Amazon SES to use within your AWS GovCloud (US) architecture, keep the following in mind:

  • Amazon SES is not within the ITAR boundary and ITAR data cannot be sent using Amazon SES.

  • You must sign in to the Amazon SES console using your standard AWS credentials. Do not use your AWS GovCloud (US) credentials.

  • When making API calls to the Amazon SES endpoint from the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, you must use your standard AWS account credentials. Do not use your AWS GovCloud (US) credentials.

    Region name Region API (HTTPS) endpoint SMTP endpoint

    US East (N. Virginia)

    us-east-1

    email.us-east-1.amazonaws.com

    email-smtp.us-east-1.amazonaws.com

    US West (Oregon)

    us-west-2

    email.us-west-2.amazonaws.com

    email-smtp.us-west-2.amazonaws.com

  • Amazon SES access is "sandboxed" by default. With sandbox access, you can only send email to the Amazon SES mailbox simulator and to email addresses or domains that you have verified. After you test your setup and want to go into production, you must request production access.