Amazon CloudFront Adds HTTPS Support, Lowers Prices, Opens NYC Edge Location

Posted on: Jun 7, 2010

We’re excited to let you know about three separate changes to Amazon CloudFront, the easy-to-use AWS content delivery network. First, we’ve added the ability to deliver content over an HTTPS connection. Since we launched Amazon CloudFront, HTTPS support has been one of the most requested features by our customers. HTTPS lets you transfer content over an encrypted connection, helping ensure the authenticity of the content delivered to your users. Amazon CloudFront HTTPS delivery can be used to transfer inherently sensitive objects to your users, to avoid security warnings that some browsers present when viewing a mix of HTTP and HTTPS content, or for anything else that needs to be encrypted when transferred.

Using HTTPS is easy – just change your links to use https:// instead of http://, and Amazon CloudFront will serve your content using HTTPS. By default, Amazon CloudFront will accept requests over both the HTTP and the HTTPS protocols. However, if you always want your content encrypted when transmitted, you can configure Amazon CloudFront to require HTTPS for all requests for your content and not allow requests made over the regular HTTP protocol. For HTTPS requests, Amazon CloudFront will also use HTTPS to retrieve your object from Amazon S3, so your object is encrypted whenever it is transmitted.

Pricing for HTTPS requests start at $0.01 per 10,000 requests. As always, you will pay only for what you actually use with the service.

We’re also announcing today that we’ve reduced our pricing for regular HTTP requests by 25%: prices for HTTP requests now start at $0.0075 per 10,000 requests, letting you save on content that doesn’t require HTTPS. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our costs, and we’re happy that we can pass these savings on to our customers. These lower prices will apply for all usage starting on June 1, 2010.

Finally, we wanted to let you know that we’ve opened a new edge location in New York City, adding to our existing US East Coast locations. We’re excited that this location will help make performance even better for users requesting your content from New York and the northeast United States.

You can read more about Amazon CloudFront, HTTPS delivery, and view pricing information on the Amazon CloudFront detail page.