SMTP too slow with AWS SES

  • Posted September 17, 2014

I am having trouble understanding this problem.

I have two boxes (ec2, droplet) and same exact code. I sent an email from both using AWS SES SMTP settings and both send emails as expected. But on droplet, it takes about 3-5 seconds for it send and on ec2 is near instantaneous.

Note, I am talking about delivery of the email to the inbox but just sending the email from the server (issuing the SMTP request)

Can someone shed some light on this?


I have found a solution that fixed this problem. Here it is:

SAI, so you are able to send emails with SES from a droplet? When I tried to do it from the droplet, I always get this error:, relay=none, delay=592, delays=592/0.07/0/0, dsn=4.4.3, status=deferred (Host or domain name not found. Name service error for type=MX: Host not found, try again)

But when I do it from EC2 instance, it works fine.

Both droplet and EC2 have identical postfix settings.

Any idea? Please advise!

Thanks so much.

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It’s likely that when on EC2 your requests stays inside Amazon’s internal network while on DigitalOcean it simply needs to go further. The first thing I’d check to debug this is a traceroute to the SMTP endpoint from both the EC2 instance and the DigitalOcean droplet.

I’ve also heard anecdotal evidence that using the SES API rather than directly using their SMTP interface will result in better speeds, especially when sending mass emails.