Yes, absolutely. There are many advantages to installing the SSL certificate on our load balancer. True, many use it for SSL offload, that is to perform SSL/443 between the client and the load balancer, but then convert it to HTTP/80 between the load balancer and the server. This has the benefit of satisfying Google rankings, as an example, since they now prefer to see all websites encrypted, but it can also reduce the SSL load on your server. Of course, we wouldn’t recommend this for an ecommerce or banking website. That would just be plain insecure. But SSL Offload is not mandatory. You can still install the SSL Certificate on our server and take advantage of other features. For example, this will allow you to insert the X-Forwarded-For header into the HTTP headers so you can see the original client IP. This is not possible if we can’t decrypt the traffic stream. You can also take advantage of SSL multiplexing and session re-use too. For example, if you have 1000 customers using HTTPS to your website, we can terminate all of those connections on our load balancer and then proxy them over to your server still using SSL, but with far fewer connections. And, of course, SSL session re-use allows us to simply re-use an existing open SSL connection for a new client when the old one is done. This prevents the very CPU intensive operation of setting up the SSL session.
We hope this answers your question and allays any fear that SSL Offload is mandatory when using the SSL protocol. If you have any questions, we’re here to help! Just reach out to us.