SSL Access

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard Internet protocol for securely exchanging information between two parties. SSL encrypts transmitted data with two keys: a public key known to everyone, and a private key known only to the recipient.

By convention, an SSL connection uses a URL that begins with https:, instead of http:. For example, to open an SSL connection to the Administration Console you use a URL such as: https:// vocera_ip_address /console/adminindex.jsp

You can optionally enable SSL access in the Administration Console and the User Console of the Vocera Voice Server during installation. After installation, you can enable or disable SSL access as described in Changing the SSL Configuration.

Although enabling SSL encrypts the transmitted data, it does not provide other security. For instance, it does not provide client authentication.

If you enable SSL, you will experience a delay every time you save or transmit data. This performance delay is an unavoidable aspect of SSL encryption and can be mitigated somewhat by a fast CPU on the Vocera Voice Server and a high-bandwidth connection.

Note: If you want to enable SSL in a clustered environment, you must configure every server to use SSL. Do not configure some servers in a cluster with SSL and others without it.