How client applications use HTTPS connections

Client applications use HTTPS connections to access and communicate with the StorageGRID Webscale system. Understanding HTTPS connections helps you understand StorageGRID Webscale requirements.

A client application can connect directly to an API Gateway Node or Storage Node to store and retrieve objects. To load balance ingests across the Storage Nodes in your grid, you can connect to an API Gateway Node, which handles the load balancing for you. Otherwise, you can connect directly to a Storage Node.

Note: IPv6 is supported only for client application connections through the API Gateway Node. For details about support for IPv6, see the StorageGRID Webscale Administrator Guide.

Client applications can issue OPTIONS HTTPS requests to the Swift port on a Storage Node, without providing Swift authentication credentials, to determine whether the LDR Service is available. You can use this request for monitoring or to allow external load balancers to identify when a Storage Node is down.

Setting up the connection to client applications involves the following tasks:

For details about setting up connections, see the StorageGRID Webscale Administrator Guide.