Reverse Proxy Server

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What Does Reverse Proxy Server Mean?

A reverse proxy server is a type of proxy server that manages a connection or any specific requests coming from an external network/Internet toward an internal network. It secures, routes and manages the traffic from the Internet, to the internal intranet, Web servers or a private network.

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Techopedia Explains Reverse Proxy Server

A reverse proxy server primarily hides the origin of traffic sources from the Internet Web server or network. It has many implementations in protecting the internal network from externally perpetrated attacks. It enables only authenticated and legitimate users to access and manage the internal Web server or network. When configured on a Web server, a reverse proxy server can present all or specific URLs to the requesting users. Moreover, the proxy server is also used to load balance the server by routing the incoming traffic between different Web servers based on their current workload/utilization.

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