Rackspace Cloud Files CDN launches SSL Delivery

Filed in by Megan Wohlford | March 10, 2011 9:32 am

Aren’t those “This site has unsecure content…” popups annoying? I bet your users think so.  Rackspace Cloud Files is pleased to announce the support of SSL delivery over the Akamai content distribution network (CDN).

SSL delivery, or https, encrypts your data in transit as it goes through the CDN.  Your content remains encrypted all the way from the origin servers out to the browser.

You can choose to serve your content over SSL on a per object basis simply by using your SSL URL instead of your traditional CDN URL.

If you are a customer interfacing with our Cloud Files API, when you request your CDN URL, you will now be returned with both your traditional URL as well as your new SSL URL.  Look for the header in the API “X-CDN-SSL-URL” and use this URL to securely deliver your content.

If you are managing Cloud Files through our Cloud Control Panel, you can take advantage of SSL as well by following a few simple steps:

Step 1:  replace the “http” with “https” in your CDN URL.

Step 2:  replace the “r00” portion of your CDN URL with “ssl”

For example -

If my CDN URL looks like this:
http://c186397.r97.cf1.rackcdn.com/CloudFiles Akamai.pdf[1]

My SSL URL for CDN would look like this:
https://c186397.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/CloudFiles Akamai.pdf[2]

That’s it!  With these small changes you are ready to begin serving content over SSL.

Not sure if SSL is for you?  For the next six months (March-August 2011), Rackspace is offering delivery over SSL at the same price as traditional CDN delivery so you can try it out at no additional cost!

If you’ve got questions or comments, we’d love to hear them.

Endnotes:
  1. http://c186397.r97.cf1.rackcdn.com/CloudFiles Akamai.pdf: http://c186397.r97.cf1.rackcdn.com/CloudFilesAkamai.pdf
  2. https://c186397.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/CloudFiles Akamai.pdf: https://c186397.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/CloudFilesAkamai.pdf

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