Amazon has announced a new service called AWS Certificate Manager (ACM), offering free SSL/TLS certificates for AWS resources.
The new AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) is designed to simplify and automate many of the tasks traditionally associated with management of SSL/TLS certificates. ACM takes care of the complexity surrounding the provisioning, deployment, and renewal of digital certificates! Certificates provided by ACM are verified by Amazon’s certificate authority (CA), Amazon Trust Services (ATS).
ACM will allow you to start using SSL in a matter of minutes. After your request a certificate, you can deploy it to your Elastic Load Balancers and your Amazon CloudFront distributions easily. After this, ACM can take care of the recurring renewals without any action on your part.
Offering free SSL certificates for AWS resources is going to be of significant interest to developers. Many developers currently spend thousands of dollars a year to renew certificates. Now, an AWS developer can easily add free certificates to run their applications on services like Elastic Load Balancer and Amazon CloudFront distributions.
AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) is available now in the US East (Northern Virginia) region, with additional regions in the works. You can provision, deploy, and renew certificates at no charge.
It is seen as a smart move by Amazon, designed to increase developer loyalty and retention on AWS. It will be interesting to see if any of the other cloud big hitters such as Microsoft and Google follow suit and add similar SSL certificate services to the Azure and Cloud Platform?