Deciding to use HTTPS or HTTP connections

Client applications can use encrypted HTTPS connections or less-secure HTTP connections when they connect to the Storage Nodes or API Gateway Nodes.

By default, client applications use HTTPS for all connections with Storage Nodes and API Gateway Nodes. Optionally, the HTTP option can be enabled from the Grid Manager to also allow client applications to use HTTP. For example, a client application might use HTTP when testing the connection to a Storage Node in a non-production environment.

Attention: HTTP mode is intended for use in testing and debugging environments. Be careful when enabling HTTP for a production grid since requests will be sent unencrypted.

To learn how to enable this option, see information about administering StorageGRID Webscale. If the HTTP option has been enabled for the grid, you must use different ports for HTTP communications than for HTTPS communications.