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November 20, 2020
My multicast network is a mess! Please help!

Multicast IP Routing protocols have been increasingly popular over the last several years.  They are used to efficiently distribute data to a group of destination hosts simultaneously in a one-to-many or many-to-many model.  Typical examples of applications where the use of multicast is very common are audio/video streaming services (e.g content delivery networks, IPTV) and financial trading platforms (e.g Stock Exchanges).  This blog is not intended to be a multicast tutorial but, but […]

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October 13, 2020
Network Query Engine Library

Here we are with yet another blog on the Forward Network Query Engine (or NQE for short). If you have been reading our previous blogs on this topic, you already know how passionate I am about NQE. In my first blog Query Your Network like a Database, I talked about how NQE helps to solve common […]

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September 9, 2020
Scaling: How We Process 10^30 Network Traffic Flows

What do we do? At Forward Networks we build digital twins for computer networks. Enterprises with large networks use our software to build a software copy of their network and use that for searching, verifying, and predicting behavior of their network. It is not a simulation. It is a mathematically accurate model of their network. […]

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April 20, 2020
Who Needs a Dashboard?

The idea of building the Forward Dashboard has been floating around for a while now, but we kept postponing it to give priority to other features, like In-App Network Query Engine Checks, that built on the functionality and the customization of the Forward Platform. We’ve also done lots of work recently to improve usability and scalability.  […]

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January 6, 2020
In-App NQE Checks Examples Now Available on GitHub

Network Query Engine (NQE) is my favorite Forward Enterprise feature and is one of the reasons why I decided to join Forward Networks. After working on Network Programmability and Automation for years, the idea of a single platform able to provide network device data, fully parsed, normalized, structured in OpenConfig-like format, across switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers […]

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