A New Approach to Network Operations and Verifying Network Intent

The software used to manage networks hasn’t kept up with the dramatic expansion of networks themselves.

The Forward Networks solution is designed to help network teams eliminate network outages and reduce time to remediate errors. Its platform enables engineers and operators to visualize and search complex networks, debug configuration problems, verify network-wide policy implementations, and predict network behavior prior to deploying changes. Forward Networks builds a software replica of an entire network to analyze its behavior. Using the network copy, the software traces, indexes, and stores the collected data, monitoring things like end-to-end behavior, verification of the network’s forwarding behavior and security posture, and close monitoring of configuration changes.

Building the Capabilities We Always Wanted

Forward Networks, located in Palo Alto, California, was founded in July, 2013 by four Ph.D. graduates from Stanford University, Brandon Heller, Peyman Kazemian, Nikhil Handigol, and David Erickson.

Our four co-founders have spent their careers working to improve networking, as contributors to OpenFlow and pioneers of software defined networking (SDN). They saw deficiencies in network operations: extreme complexity, human error, and outdated tools. These deficiencies make networks easy to break and hard to fix.

Our Promise

The Forward Platform simplifies operation of the world’s largest networks to increase visibility and reduce the risk of errors and outages. Our mission is to help identify and fix potential network issues with a straightforward, intuitive, and modern software interface.

We are building a team of the smartest network engineers and problem-solvers, all dedicated to advancing network operations. While you build the future, we’ll keep your network healthy and running.

Backed by Top-Tier Investors

Forward Networks is backed by a group of leading investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ,  and A.Capital.