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What Are Datacenter Proxies?

If you’re into web scraping, you most probably are familiar with proxies and the main reasons for using them.

Here at Oxylabs, we created a video covering all the basic info about datacenter proxies – one of the two most popular proxy services that gives users an opportunity to gather publicly available information without encountering unwanted blocks. Watch the video or dig right in by reading the post below!

Datacenter proxies explained

Datacenter proxies are proxies that are not affiliated with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). They present users with completely private IP authentication and anonymity and allow them to scrape public data in large quantities.

As mentioned by our Account Manager Nedas, these proxies are hosted in redundant data centers all around the world. In Oxylabs, for example, we have a datacenter proxy pool which covers more than 100 locations worldwide. Our datacenter proxies are premium and dedicated for every client individually, so the proxies could not be abused by other individuals.

Datacenter proxies for web scraping

Why do you need datacenter proxies?

The video states that when it comes to web scraping, using a single IP will lead to a failure. This is because certain targets employ bot protection that limits the number of requests that can be sent. So, when the limit is reached, your IP simply gets blocked.

In order to gather public data successfully, you need to use a bigger pool of datacenter proxies and try to evenly distribute your requests to the target. This way you can be sure that your scraping processes will run smoothly and you won’t have to deal with any complications.

Things you should know about datacenter proxies

  1. Datacenter proxies are cheaper compared to other proxy types, so they are an excellent choice for those on a budget
  2. They are fast, which allows you to accomplish your scraping goals in a shorter period of time
  3. They are easier to detect compared to, for instance, residential proxies since specific targets can block IPs based on their type by checking IP databases. However, this is not the case with Oxylabs’ Datacenter Proxies that ensure little to no IP blacklisting.

Conclusion

In this YouTube video, we talk about datacenter proxies as an ultimate solution for those wishing to bring their scraping activities to a new level. They are fast, cost-efficient, allow large scale data collection, and, most importantly, keep your identity protected throughout the whole web scraping process.

However, it is important to remember that datacenter proxies can sometimes be detected by anti-scraping technologies. That’s why you have to be cautious and perform your public data collection responsibly at all times.

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