What To Do When Your Data Collection Is Taking Up Too Much Of Your Time?
In this article we will discuss the different ways in which you can utilize proxy networks in order to increase data collection efficiency:
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.
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.