Push Notification

Amazon Web Services has Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), being to send push notification via

  • Google Cloud Mobile (GCM)
  • Apple Push Notification Service (APNS)
  • Windows Push Notification Service (WNS)
  • Microsoft Push Notification Services for Windows Phone (MPNS)

Here is a post on how to do it in large scale; I find it a good read.

Note that there is a case study of how Parse is using AWS.  I wonder if Parse leverages Amazon SNS or the other way.

While it is hard to compare, the following is some pricing information.

As of 11/24/2014, Parse is free if you can live with 30 requests/sec.  If you need to push faster, it costs $100 per month for 40 requests/sec.

Amazon SNS is free for the 1st million request per month and $0.50 per additional million requests. 

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