Amazon SNS vs Azure Notification Hubs: What are the differences?
What is Amazon SNS? Fully managed push messaging service. Amazon Simple Notification Service makes it simple and cost-effective to push to mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and internet connected smart devices, as well as pushing to other distributed services. Besides pushing cloud notifications directly to mobile devices, SNS can also deliver notifications by SMS text message or email, to Simple Queue Service (SQS) queues, or to any HTTP endpoint.
What is Azure Notification Hubs? Send push notifications to any platform from any back end. Tutorials, API references, and other documentation show you how to set up and send push notifications from any backend to any mobile device.
Amazon SNS and Azure Notification Hubs can be categorized as "Mobile Push Messaging" tools.
Some of the features offered by Amazon SNS are:
- In most cases, developers can get started with Amazon SNS by using just three APIs: CreateTopic, Subscribe, and Publish. Additional APIs are available, which provide more advanced functionality.
- With SNS you can publish a message once, and deliver it one or more times. So you can choose to direct unique messages to individual Apple, Google or Amazon devices, or broadcast deliveries to many mobile devices with a single publish request.
- SNS allows you to group multiple recipients using topics. A topic is an “access point” for allowing recipients to dynamically subscribe for identical copies of the same notification. One topic can support deliveries to multiple endpoint types -- for example, you can group together iOS, Android and SMS recipients. When you publish once to a topic, SNS delivers appropriately formatted copies of your message to each subscriber.
On the other hand, Azure Notification Hubs provides the following key features:
- Reach all major platforms—iOS, Android, Windows, Kindle, Baidu
- Use any back end, in the cloud or on-premises
- Fast broadcast push to millions of mobile devices with single API call