What Are Dedicated Datacenter Proxies

When people talk about proxies, they’re usually referring to datacenter proxies. They’re artificially-created IP addresses linked to data centers. An IP address or internet protocol address is a numerical label assigned to any device connected to the internet. It gives that device a unique identity and allows it to send and receive information online. Whenever you enter a contract with an ISP (Internet Service Provider), your connection will be given an IP address, as will every device you use, including your router.

The IP addresses generated by data centers are not linked to physical devices or internet service providers. One sub-network can contain thousands of datacenter IP addresses.

In this article, we will focus on dedicated datacenter proxies to explain what they are and how they work.

Types of Datacenter Proxies

There are three main types of datacenter proxies:

  • Public
  • Shared
  • Private

Public Proxies

Public proxies are the free ones you find online. They can be useful for accessing geo-restricted websites, and the price is unbeatable, but even so, it’s best to avoid them. It’s easy to find free proxies, but the problem is that you can’t tell which ones are trustworthy.

First of all, in terms of quality, you get what you pay for. They’re slow, unreliable, and offer no protection against hacking. What’s worse is that many of them are run by hackers so they can get access to your information. Since anyone can use them, they tend to get blocked or blacklisted from websites quite quickly. Moreover, they’re often infected with malware, so you risk getting your own device infected unless you use a good antivirus.

If you must, only use them to bypass geo-restrictions on something that you want to read, but do not use them when you need to enter sensitive data such as login credentials.

Shared Proxies

As the name implies, shared proxies are data center proxies used by more than one person at a time. The advantage is that since several people can pool together and split the cost, they’re cheaper. More expensive than the free ones, obviously, but they’re run by legitimate companies for a reasonable price. For that price, you get better quality, and you don’t have to worry about security issues.

The disadvantage is that they’re not as fast as dedicated proxies. It all depends on the provider, of course, but you can expect some lag.

Dedicated Proxies

Dedicated datacenter proxies, also referred to as private proxies, give you a set of IP addresses that only you can use. That’s the main difference. With shared proxies, a handful of users get access to the same IP addresses, while with public proxies, thousands of users might share the same IP address.

This has some advantages that we will describe in the following section.

Benefits of Using Dedicated Datacenter Proxies

Dedicated datacenter proxies work like any other proxy. They’re essentially a middleman between you and whatever online content you’re trying to access. Your request to access that content doesn’t go directly to the platform hosting it. Instead, it passes through the data center servers that forward it using a different IP address. When you receive information in response to your request, once again, it first goes to the data center servers and then to you.

The main advantage is that your online activity remains anonymous both from the platforms you’re accessing as well as your ISP. This protects your online privacy.

Another advantage is that dedicated datacenter proxies deliver high speed and reliability at a lower price than other options such as residential proxies. Residential proxies pass your request through an actual device with an IP address so it can better mimic internet traffic generated by a real user. This has some benefits, but it tends to slow down the connection.

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