How do you get Amazon's ELB with HTTPS/SSL to work with Web Sockets?
This doesn't seem to be working right now. I'm using Faye with NodeJS behind an Amazon ELB. When I switch on HTTPS the connections can no longer be brokered. I found a question here unanswered: https://forums.aws.amazon.com/message.jspa?messageID=283293 . Anyone able to get this working? Are there any work around outside of running my own instance of HAProxy?
I confirm, based on our own tests, that configuring ELB on TCP/SSL, instead oh HTTP/HTTPS, makes the trick with WebSockets. The drawbacks are two:
1) As already pointed by arturnt, you cannot get stickyness.
2) You will lose the ability to retrieve the identity of the clients. The originating IP seen by your WebSocket server will be always the ELB one and, differently from the HTTP/HTTPS configuration, no X-Forwarded-For header will be added to the requests.
UPDATE July 2013: Amazon has just added support for Proxy Protocol, which solves drawback number 2 above. With the Proxy Protocol, a header containing the client's originating IP is added even when ELB works at TCP level, rather than HTTP. Full details: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/ElasticLoadBalancing/latest/DeveloperGuide/enable-proxy-protocol.html
UPDATE August 2016: Amazon has just announced new AWS Application Load Balancer, which supports WebSocket at Layer 7 (as well as HTTP/2.0 and content-based routing). See https://aws.amazon.com/it/blogs/aws/new-aws-application-load-balancer/