Co-Founder Nikhil Handigol on Accelerating Network Operations – ONUG 2017

Back in October, our co-founder Nikhil Handigol presented at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) meeting in New York on how Forward Enterprise helps accelerate and de-risk network operations. Click on the image below to launch the video on vimeo.com: ONUG was created in early 2012 by Nick…

Recent Internet Outage Likely Prevented with Forward Networks Intent-based Verification

Monday morning this week, Internet access in many areas across the U.S. were severely compromised and routes through several carriers reported problems. Although remediation was fast (about 90 minutes), a simple router misconfiguration in the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) set-up through one of the…

Verification in Forward Enterprise: Become “Absolutely Sure” of Your Network Intent

In Part 1 of this blog, I discussed the power of network verification compared to traditional network testing. Verification is the mathematical and logical analysis of your current network configurations and state to detect and highlight violations of your policies and intent. Verification can take…

“Pretty Sure” Your Network is Behaving as Intended? It Could be Costing You Big Time

The more networks have evolved and the more complex data center architectures have become, more and more organizations are realizing they've got time bombs latent in their network, just waiting for the right set of circumstances to take down critical portions of their infrastructure. In the past, a…

Moving Forward: Our New Sales VP Discusses the Opportunity at Hand

The following post is from Forward Networks new Vice President of Global Sales, Ryan Mac Ban, and previously posted on LinkedIn under the title "Why Forward Networks and Why Now?" If you are reading this, you most likely know that I have recently joined Forward Networks to run Global Sales.  My…

Seeking Truth in Networking: From Testing To Verification

Sharp network admins already verify the network in a variety of ways, right? Pings, traceroutes, and custom scripts verify expected connectivity. Link and CPU utilization monitoring programs verify normal operation. Maybe pushed configs are read back in to verify that the device accepted them. And…

Network path not found?

How to use an army of tests to understand and diagnose your network! You’ve probably heard about how hard it is to operate networks. The complexity of the devices, the diversity of protocols operating simultaneously, and the sheer size of the network are all well-known reasons for getting…

Delivering business value with the Forward Platform

Since making our platform available, many of the world’s largest banks, telcos, and IT companies have come to rely on Forward Networks to keep their networks healthy and operated efficiently. From the CTO to a junior engineer, people quickly grasp the value of what the Forward Platform can deliver,…

Why Testing and Debugging Networks is so Difficult

The network lies at the heart of a modern enterprise’s ability to perform its daily business and operations. When a network outage occurs, due to a policy misconfiguration or a device failure, business grinds to a halt. Almost every week, it seems, we read a new headline where a Fortune 500 company…

Presenting the Forward Platform at Networking Field Day 13

As part of Forward Networks’ public launch, we had the privilege of presenting to a lively delegation at Networking Field Day 13 on November 17th, 2016. The event took place at Andreessen Horowitz’ campus in Menlo Park, CA and constituted our first public unveiling of the Forward Platform. The idea…

Unveiling the Forward Platform

Networks today are integral to many if not all aspects of our lives. A multitude of data packets whizz by on wired or wireless networks enabling us to carry out both our personal and business lives in the digital world. It is therefore easy to understand the chaos that is caused when these networks…

We’re Launching From Stealth to Combat the Complex and Error-Prone State of Networking

After years of work, we’re proud to leave stealth today and officially unveil Forward Networks. Our Background My three co-founders: Brandon Heller, Nikhil Handigol, Peyman Kazemian and I were fortunate to be members of the team that created Software Defined Networking while working on our PhDs at…