Static vs. Rotating Proxies – And What Are Sticky Sessions?

What is the difference on sticky, static & rotating proxies

When it comes to proxies, the real question you want to ask is how anonymous do you wish to be? It might seem like a strange question, but depending on the activity, this matters. So, let’s dive in and look at the differences between sticky proxies and rotating proxies.

Static Proxies

As the name suggests, Sticky proxies provide you with a single or static IP address when used. They will hide your actual IP address and provide the IP from the datacenter you have assigned.

You might see these proxies referred to as a “data center proxy”. The proxies are very useful in events of high volumes of data and high speed. Thats because you are using the hardware of a server and a fiber optic connection to the server hall. Here, you can expect really fast speeds when downloading. Check what your plans allows.

There can be several users of the same IP address and there will be several more proxies in that server hall. This means, the IP you are using or the neighbourhood of where your IP comes from, can have been used abusivly in the past and has been blacklisted in global registers of “bad” IP’s.

So if you are trying to access websites such as Google or Facebook, they might block your connection.

Rotating Proxies

Rotating proxies, on the other hand, provide you with the ability to change IP address quickly. These proxies rotate the IP from a pool of IPs every time the server requests a connection.

They are perfect if you are looking to browse anonymously, complete web scraping or SEO monitoring and even snagging hard to come by snaekers. This is the type of service AnyIP specialize in. Often, you want the proxy to simulate a real user of a service, like a smartphone making a search in Google. Multiply this user with 1000 more per second, and you are in the area where most people use rotating proxies for.

In comparison to a static proxy, with a rotating IP you may choose where you want your IP’s to come from. You are not bound to a serverhall located in the desert somewhere. Instead, you can easily set up so your visits are coming from India, France or US – all at the same time!

Rotating proxies usually comes with a relatively lower speed compared to static proxies. This is because you are using real mobile phone connections or WiFi connections. You can expect download speeds between 500 Kb/s to 50 Mbit/s per IP. However, we do not recommend using rotating proxies for downloading torrents or streaming videos. Our pricing plans are based on how much Gb data you transfer per project.

Sticky Session vs. Rotating Session

Sticky Sessions

Sticky sessions are a feature of AnyIP that allow you to maintain a single IP throughout a session for up to thirty minutes. Although the IP may change over the session, a sticky session is perfect for specific jobs. These jobs could include:

– Social Media Management

If you are managing several social media accounts, a sticky session is an ideal solution. The reason for this is each account can have its exclusive IP address, even though they are being managed through a single IP, yours.

– Market Research

When completing in-depth manual market research, a sticky session is the right tool for the job. The reason for this is that IP rotation can provide incorrect information, affecting how you or your company breaks into a specific market. You probably want data from a user’s eyes from a particular location and with a sticky session that can be done.

Rotating Sessions

On the other hand, Rotating sessions rotate the IP whenever the website sends a request to the proxy. This prevents issues with bots and blocks that can happen with sticky sessions. Here are a few jobs that are perfect for a rotating session:

– Web Scraping

Web scraping is a time-consuming process, which can take hours to complete. A rotating session allows you to avoid blocks, bans or other issues while still completing the job. Your target site will have no clue you are scraping it for data, and you can get the data you need without worrying about a site-wide ban.

– SEO Monitoring

Rotating sessions are a great way to check how your SEO campaign is working in specific locations. Whether you are checking in Delhi, Jakarta or Tokyo, a rotating session can allow you to monitor an SEO campaign from around the globe easily. For these kind of gigs we recommend using rotating mobile 4g proxies, due to their high quality nature.

Final Thoughts

Static and rotating proxies are two very different things. If you know you need consistent high volumes – go for a static proxy. However, if you want simulate real website or app users – go for a rotating proxy.

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