What To Do When Your Data Collection Is Taking Up Too Much Of Your Time?

Using a proxy network will help you send higher amounts of concurrent data requests, significantly increase success rates while ‘Super Proxy’ infrastructure uses GEO-specific smart routing in order to speed up data retrieval time lines
What to do when data collection taking up too much time
Nadav Roiter - Bright Data content manager and writer
Nadav Roiter | Data Collection Expert

In this article we will discuss the different ways in which you can utilize proxy networks in order to increase data collection efficiency:

Concurrent requests 

One of the biggest advantages that proxies offer companies looking for increased data collection efficiency is the ability of drastically increasing concurrent request capacity. To illustrate this point, consider the following example. Imagine you have multiple electronics that you want to plugin:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A laptop
  • A cell phone

If you only have one electric socket then you can only charge one item at a time, a fact that slows down your day-to-day life. If however, you have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of sockets then you can have electricity delivered to consumer gadgets simultaneously. Data is electricity in this analogy, and data collection using a proxy network are the sockets. When utilizing peer devices you have millions of nodes through which you can route your data collection, help you maintain top collection speeds, and response times. This all happens without having to compromise in terms of scalability, and collection volume. 

Success rates 

Another way in which proxy networks are driving data collection efficiencies comes in the form of dramatically increasing success rates (in many cases to 100%). When using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) proxy network, for example,  your requests are perceived as originating from real places of residence. These IP addresses are actually hosted on servers which grants the benefit of higher internet speeds than a regular consumer device but can be differentiated from a Data Center network as they are residential IPs designated for commercial use. This means that you benefit from the advantages of a simplified (read: quicker) request journey as with a Data Center Network while simultaneously enjoying higher success rates. This last point is made possible due to the fact that target sites view, and treat data requests routed in this way as real individuals/consumers. Meaning the likelihood of being blocked using the ISP proxy with optimized request headers are extremely low (most sites want to encourage individuals visiting their sites, and discourage requests sent at volume from the same subnet of IPs). 

‘Super Proxies’, and the benefits of GEO-specific traffic routing 

Super Proxies’ are part and parcel of the infrastructure of an international proxy network. They are strategically located near peers and exit nodes in order to be able to route, and process higher volumes of traffic, at quicker speeds. The super proxies work in tandem with local peer devices so that request journeys are streamlined, and delivered back to the requester in record time. 

Beyond improved speeds, Super Proxies serve as a defense mechanism enforcing protocol filters, detecting suspect behaviour, and notifying our dedicated compliance team when needed. 

The bottom line

Proxy networks are a powerful tool that enable companies to apply resource-saving measures so that employees, and management can focus on core business issues. 

Nadav Roiter - Bright Data content manager and writer
Nadav Roiter | Data Collection Expert

Nadav Roiter is a data collection expert at Bright Data. Formerly the Marketing Manager at Subivi eCommerce CRM and Head of Digital Content at Novarize audience intelligence, he now dedicates his time to bringing businesses closer to their goals through the collection of big data.


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