With the amount of information flooding in and out of company servers, there is always a higher chance of data loss during the transfer, and more importantly, a system could be hacked, and its security breached.
For this reason, many companies invest in reverse proxy services.
What is reverse proxy?
Reverse proxy is a type of server that retrieves information from one or several servers, and transfers this to the client requesting the information. This allows a company's reverse proxy to identify the source, or client, and authenticates the transmission of information without the client being aware of its origin.
Here are some of the benefits of using a reverse proxy service.
- Security. When an internet user or client sends a request for a file transfer, the request is first sent through a firewall, and then enters the reverse proxy for authentication before retrieving the data from the internal file transfer servers. This blocks clients from determining where the information is coming from, making it harder for hackers to get through to the main servers and steal crucial company data. In fact, accidental deletion, viruses and other disasters have affected a whopping 70% of businesspeople, making reverse proxies even more critical for protective reasons.
- File Compression. One of the main advantages of using a reverse proxy is its ability to truncate large file requests as they come in from clients. In other words, the information that enters the system is translated into smaller bits than in which it was originally requested. This decreases the loading time, because the bandwidth is reduced significantly. Consequently, when the information reaches the back-end servers, they are able to respond to the request quickly, and the reverse proxy re-compresses the information, sending back out to the client in a more timely fashion.
- Balanced Load. At any given time, there could be a number of requests streaming in from clients who need access to data from internal servers. What a reverse proxy does is take the requests and distribute them to the appropriate servers. This also helps balance the load of requests shuffled through, so that no server is overloaded. Excessive incoming requests to a dedicated server could cause severely slow loading times. This is one of the most widely-known uses of a reverse proxy.