GlobalSign, CloudFlare Partner to Accelerate SSL Certificate Secured Websites via CDN

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

CloudFlare’s content delivery network, pictured, helps Global Sign to accelerate the performance of websites secured by its SSL certifcates

In a partnership that mixes the efforts of 2 vendors fascinated by the internet hosting channel, SSL certificate authority GlobalSign announced on Thursday that it has partnered with website acceleration and security platform CloudFlare to accelerate the performance of SSL certificate-secured websites.

GlobalSign says it is going to be delivering the accelerated page-loading benefits to all its SSL customers as of Thursday, at no extra charge, and requiring no new set-up on the part of those customers.

One of the major certificate authorities operating in the SSL space, GlobalSign has made a focus of developing new technology to speed and simplify the SSL certificate process in general.

Earlier this year GlobalSign launched a PHP library that made it easier for hosting providers to install the certificate authority’s One Click SSL technology, which greatly simplifies the deployment of SSL certificates for end customers.

The company has also focused on partnerships, as with this week’s CloudFlare news, that extend the scope and influence of the company’s security services. Last month, GlobalSign partnered with Internet research group Netcraft to develop tools that would help hosting providers identify customers whose accounts may have been compromised and used to house phishing sites.

According to GlobalSign, the CloudFlare system will enable browsers to validate GlobalSign SSL certificates six times faster, which will translate directly to faster load times for the web pages themselves.

Websites secured using SSL certificates require the certificate authority to deliver validity status for the SSL certificate to the web browser, via the Online Certificate Status Protocol, before a given page will load. GlobalSign will now accelerate the delivery of that status report using the same system CloudFlare uses to accelerate the delivery of regular website content.

CloudFlare provides websites with a combination of a content delivery network operated by CloudFlare, content caching, automatic optimization of content for faster delivery. It also provides filtering of attack traffic, and performance analytics, which are probably less relevant to the GlobalSign partnership.

Quoted inside the press release, GlobalSign’s chief technology officer Ryan Hurst says the partnership eliminates the impact of SSL security on website performance.

“To maximize the value of their website investments, organizations should take advantage of performance and security technologies available; otherwise, they are putting themselves and consumers at risk of a poor user experience and cyberthreats,” says Hurst. “Our development efforts with CloudFlare, as well as the benefits of CloudFlare’s global infrastructure, have eliminated the performance concerns associated with traditional SSL usage. Customers can now deploy SSL more broadly and receive maximum security without impacting the sites’ performance.”

Along with accelerating the performance of SSL-secured sites, GlobalSign says the partnership will see CloudFlare distribute GlobalSign certificates to its own customers. According to GlobalSign, “thousands of CloudFlare customers have taken advantage of the security benefits provided by GlobalSign SSL” already.

The companies partnered back in June, when GlobalSign announced that its HackAlert malware detection service would be included within the CloudFlare Apps Marketplace.

CloudFlare Apps Marketplace Adds GlobalSign HackAlert for Malware Detection

Talk back: Do you consider the performance impact a limitation of SSl certificate technology- Are you currently working with either GlobalSign or CloudFlare- Does the new partnership solve a problem you’re experiencing- Does the deal make you more likely to work with either organization- Let us know inside the comments.

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