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Super Proxies: The key to the fastest data collection

Rachel Hollander | Content Marketing Manager
03-Feb-2020
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Your proxy provider’s infrastructure impacts your data collection. The physical location of super proxies and how they distribute traffic will affect your operations and here is why

Super proxies (also known as 'super-nodes', or 'gateways') are the smart routers of the Luminati network and are how we route our traffic worldwide. These super proxies are load-balancing servers, placed in close proximity to our peers, to route terabytes of traffic to exit nodes across the globe.

The term ‘proxy’ is thrown around a lot to enable data collection activities such as price comparison, market research, ad verification, website testing and more. Proxy servers provide the ability to route traffic from one IP through to millions of other IP types and geographical locations. The infrastructure behind the scenes of your proxy provider will give you a true understanding of the best service for you. So how does the largest proxy service route its traffic worldwide? Well, it begins with a network of Super Proxies.

The routing servers are programmed with a proprietary technology to manage the 500,000 requests per second generated by Luminati’s customers. They begin by authenticating the requests being received by the network by verifying the username and password. If customer credentials are accurate, it then verifies the IP type requested and if the customer’s account has been granted permission

With real user IPs, supplied by Luminati’s SDK for app monetization, the rotating residential and mobile IP networks require a KYC for access. The Super Proxy is the first line of defense, enforcing these security measures Luminati implements, by acting as a check-point between peers in the network and those accessing it. Along with verification, the super proxies manage the traffic entering from all networks and ensure its compliance with our Terms Of Service. The servers act to enforce protocol filters, domain blacklists and detect suspicious behavior with safeguards that alert our compliance team when necessary.

Upon completion of verification protocols the real magic begins. The thousands of load balancing Super Proxies work together to balance the extensive traffic load consumed by our multiple networks. They manage sessions and route requests to our copious exit nodes, consisting of over 40 million IPs globally from our Data Center, Rotating Residential, Static Residential and Mobile Networks. This Super Proxy Infrastructure guarantees the stability and scalability of Luminati’s Networks all while ensuring the fastest, most reliable proxy solution available.


What are the benefits of your proxy solution employing the use of thousands of super proxies worldwide?

With Luminati utilizing Super Proxies located across the globe, it means the requests journey becomes faster. One of the biggest concerns of using a proxy is related to speed. By adding more hops into the network it is easier to stay anonymous and safer but in many cases, can slow down request speeds. With a network this size, it is simply not the case. Super proxies need to be physically located where they are required to ensure the fastest speeds, which is why our infrastructure consists of 1,370 servers in the United States alone.

Using Luminati, a customer’s request is first sent to the super proxy that is in closest proximity to them. Then the request is forwarded to the super proxy closest to the exit node (real-peer IP). The Super Proxies Data Center Servers themselves are interconnected using dedicated lines, decreasing the routing time between them and creating a solution that is faster and more secure than conventional routing paths.

By producing a proxy interface created with performance in mind, the Luminati super proxies were strategically placed in close proximity to customers and SDK peers. With an infrastructure that utilizes over 2600 super proxy servers, bottlenecks are reduced, sidetracking eliminated and performance is guaranteed, these along with a variety of other benefits. Utilizing a network of this size and caliber allows for scalability as well as greater peer selection by decreasing bandwidth limitations for both the network and the customers utilizing it.

Along with employing safety protocols and more anonymity when accessing target sites, it provides an extra level of security for Luminati’s peers without affecting network speeds. Luminati’s networks allow for high redundancy levels and the most efficient traffic ratios. By being placed in strategic geographical locations and successfully distributing incoming traffic from customers, peers and other super proxies, request speeds increase and the unparalleled success rates Luminati customers are accustomed to, easily achieved.

Understanding a proxy network’s infrastructure and how it can affect your operations is the first step in determining the right supplier for you. With a focus on transparency and a mission to create a truly borderless world-wide-web, Lumanti will continue to provide the most extensive proxy networks and product offerings including the largest super proxy infrastructure ensuring the most comprehensive and stable proxy solution available.

Before choosing a proxy provider, take into consideration where their super proxies are located and how many super proxies they physically have in the locations you require to ensure fast and reliable data collection.