Forward Networks

Santa Clara, CA, USA
2013
Jan 19, 2022   |  By Yadhu Govindarajan
When a large government agency decided to refresh its infrastructure down to Layer 2 switches, Forward Networks data delivered over $6 million in savings. Like many companies around the world, this organization had challenges getting full visibility and the structure of its network, which had grown organically over time.
Jan 12, 2022   |  By Yadhu Govindarajan
Several years ago, a global investment bank embarked on an ambitious plan to automate its network configuration deployment process and use internal teams to run all aspects of network operations. The move was made, in part, because of the fluidity of the bank's network, which is constantly undergoing configuration changes.
Jan 7, 2022   |  By Yadhu Govindarajan
As one large, global financial institution prepared for employees to return to the office, its IT team identified a significant issue with the company's more than 8,000 access switches. The switches in question were used to provide connectivity to IP Phones – a crucial part of people's work across virtually all areas of the company.
Dec 16, 2021   |  By Chiara Regale
Is it just me or is the announcement of a significant CVE becoming a holiday tradition? Discovered on December 9, 2021 by Minecraft players, the Apache Log4Shell vulnerability is a uniquely insidious because it infects servers which are traditionally well insulated from attacks and perceived as unreachable by an intruder and not at risk for CVEs. Log4Shell is an entirely different can of works that proves this assumption wrong.
Dec 15, 2021   |  By Yadhu Govindarajan
Editor's Note: As leader of our customer success team, Yadhu works directly with our users and their leadership to solve real-world technology problems. This blog is the first of a new series featuring how our customers are using the Forward Enterprise platform to deliver business value. Enterprise IT teams around the world are frustratingly familiar with the process of vendor contract reconciliation, the annual process of ensuring that the support contracts for devices in the network are accurate.
Dec 9, 2021   |  By Chiara Regale
There are almost 165,000 known CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) listed in the NIST Database. In October of 2020, the NSA published a list of the 25 CVEs most likely to be exploited by Nation-State attackers in China; Checkpoint software found over 3 million attempts to penetrate networks or steal files using these known vulnerabilities.
Dec 1, 2021   |  By Chiara Regale
There’s a lot of upside to becoming an application-centric business. You can increase collaboration, work more effectively with your data, deliver an optimal customer experience, and much more. One major downside, though, is that your network and security operations teams are under intense pressure to provision new applications both quickly and securely.
Nov 17, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Forward Networks recognized under Digital Twin Tools for Enterprise Campus Networks.
Nov 17, 2021   |  By Chiara Regale
The risk of config drift is ever present. And when you consider that modern enterprises have incredibly complex and ever-changing networks with thousands of devices, from routers to firewalls to switches, running billions of lines of config, it’s easy to understand why. Networks are constantly being changed by people - who though well intentioned - make mistakes. A configuration change that accomplishes the immediate goal may take the network out of compliance, but how would anyone know?
Nov 10, 2021   |  By Chiara Regale
If you’re like most of the complex IT shops we talk with, you probably don’t even have a current security matrix to store anywhere – file cabinet or data folder. The connectivity matrix is essentially the company security posture, but almost no one has a comprehensive way to visualize and easily understand the connectivity status between the various configured security policies (zone-to-zone policies).
Sep 30, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Trying to make sense of your cloud security posture shouldn't mean flipping between multiple screens and inferring how traffic is behaving. Join this live event to see how you can monitor and verify your security posture across multiple clouds on a single screen.
Sep 2, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Join Bob Costello, a former senior executive, in the Office of Information and Technology at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Andre Kindness, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research.
Jul 23, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Customer Solutions Architect, Eric Gates demonstrates how having a mathematically-accurate digital twin can expedite otherwise tedious task of network security compliance audits.
May 5, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Combining the power of Forward Networks' Digital Twin with Itential's low-code network automation platform enables network operations teams to take full advantage of automated network configuration without the risk of unintended consequences from change windows.
Apr 27, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Original broadcast date: April 21, 2021 Network Query Engine: Using our Most Popular Feature to put Humans in Control of the Network Description Technical solutions architect Derick Winkworth demonstrates how operations teams are using the Google-like search features of NQE (Network Query Engine) to shave hours off of troubleshooting and provide unrivaled insight into network behavior. We double-dog dare you to attend this workshop and not find a better way to tame your network.
Apr 27, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Problems managing your enterprise network ACLs? Think there's no way around it? Forward has solutions to your ACL conflicts and chaos. From top-tier service providers to global financial services, Fortune 500 companies trust Forward to save them from troubleshooting headaches and avoidable network outages.
Apr 27, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
After years of PhD research and commercial development, the team at Forward has delivered a modern approach to enterprise networking and we call it mathematical network modeling. The key idea is to use math to accurately represent your network's behavior, not one device or path, but everything, every possible behavior of your network. Our software-based digital twin provides rapid insights to understand reachability and security. So any network team can now move from reacting to getting ahead.
Feb 18, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Technical Solutions Architect Scot Wilson demonstrates the new Foward Enterprise capability: Merged Snapshots. Foward's Merged Snapshots feature is a useful solution for both commercial and classified networks. In this Foward Fix, Scot showcases Path Analysis and Merged Snapshots in an underlay transport scenario.
Feb 10, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Technical Solutions Architect Glen Turner showcases how Forward can help solve enterprise automation problems. Enterprise IT organizations are promised speed, effectiveness, and efficiency through network automation, but rarely receive it. Foward Enterprise can help. Foward gives you effective network automation through collecting/parsing network state information, normalizing it into a vendor-agnostic data model, and exposing the model for workflow.
Jan 27, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Kevin Kuhls is back to show how you can use the new Foward Library within the NQE Library to expedite and simplify network audits.
Sep 16, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
The financial return on aligning your team, simplifying troubleshooting, and avoiding outages.
Sep 16, 2021   |  By Forward Networks
Learn how verification can be used in key IT processes and workflows, why a mathematical model is required and how it works; as well as example use cases from the Forward Enterprise platform.

See full network topology including device state and configuration, verify compliance, and prevent config drift with Forward Enterprise's network security verification.

The future of network operations is network modeling. Forward Networks' flagship platform Forward Enterprise gives users a mathematically accurate network digital twin.

Forward enables perfect network visibility, full path analysis, security policy verification, and change prediction, freeing up time and saving you money.

Mathematically-accurate network modeling trusted by the world's largest networks:

  • Forward Enterprise documents, searches, verifies, and predicts the behavior of your network by creating an always-accurate software copy of your entire network infrastructure using a unique mathematical model.
  • With available REST APIs, it easily integrates into your existing network management workflow and tools. The In-App Network Query Engine (NQE) Checks feature delivers the ability to define and perform custom verification within Forward Enterprise atop the NQE data model.
  • Forward Enterprise can be deployed on-premises or via cloud hosting for complete implementation flexibility. Read more about product features below or download our datasheet for a quick overview of devices and platforms.

The best-in-class network modeling software that customers love.