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June 29, 2021
…. and now, Security Too

On June 28, we announced new features within Forward Enterprise that help security engineers spend less time on reactive tasks so they can be more proactive. Why would a networking company expand into the security space?  Good question.  Let me share some of the reasoning that led to expanding deeper into this space, and why I am excited […]

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May 6, 2021
De-Risking Network Automation By Integrating with Itential

Today’s networks are too complex for manual network management and updates.  With most enterprises composed of tens of thousands of devices spanning multiple geographical locations, on-premises hardware, Virtual environment, and multiple clouds – it’s virtually impossible to push updates manually.   Also – the sheer volume of vendors and coding languages can be overwhelming for a […]

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March 24, 2021
Integrating With ServiceNow for a Single Source Of Truth

Network operations teams rely on highly specialized tools developed by individual vendors designed to address particular problems. The result? Most enterprises have 10+ Network Operations applications in place and they don’t talk to each other—which means that network operations engineers spend an exhaustive and unnecessary amount of time toggling between applications and sifting through information […]

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March 16, 2021
Using Insight to Tame ACL Management

Did you hear about the change window that went exactly as planned? No? That’s because the odds of winning the PowerBall without buying a ticket are better than the odds of executing a change window on a global network without a glitch.  What about the story of the tier one network engineer that diagnosed and […]

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March 10, 2021
Actions Not Words, Demos Not Slides

In network operations, it’s never the same day twice. Most network engineers love this aspect, but it has a dark side. The best plans often fall to the wayside—in an instant work stops and firefighting begins. In the last year, I’ve been part of a whole-day colo move, diagnosed an outage in the middle of […]

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March 8, 2021
Visualize a More Secure Network

Network security is a top-of-mind concern for business executives and technical leaders alike. The costs of a major breach can range in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and it can take years for companies’ reputations to recover. But when most people think about network security, network modeling, visualization, and path analysis probably don’t spring […]

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February 24, 2021
How Network Engineers are Reclaiming Their Time

Speak with networking ops and engineering leads anywhere, and you’ll hear what I frequently hear:  “The way my team actually spends their time is the opposite ofhow they feel they could best spend it.” The passion they have for their team and the network they keep running is clearly at odds with a frustrating feeling that they […]

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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
Moving from Hybrid Cloud to Multi-Cloud with Improved Visualization and Compliance Verification

As more enterprise-class cloud platforms have emerged over the last few years, organizations are looking to leverage these alternatives to take best advantage of each in a multi-cloud IT strategy. The advantages of a multi-cloud strategy can easily include resiliency, price-competitiveness, feature-alignment, and cross-silo visibility.  But with all these advantages comes the complexity of dealing […]

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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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September 3, 2020
The IT Gap – Enterprise Networks Outgrowing IT Support

Today’s network environments are far more complex than they were even a few years ago. Businesses are rapidly adopting new IT models to keep up with evolving customer needs: virtualization, cloud applications, IoT deployments, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and more. Such digital transformation evolved the data operations of businesses into fairly intricate network environments […]

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