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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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September 1, 2020
Moving Forward, Literally!

We moved out of our Palo Alto office yesterday. After five terrific years in our cozy space on California Avenue, we’re heading to new digs on Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara.  Thanks to the pandemic, we waved goodbye to the old office on Slack. We didn’t get to rally in person for one last […]

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September 1, 2020
Simplify Network Maintenance and Documentation with Automated Network Mapping

Network complexity has reached nearly unmanageable proportions for most organizations. With thousands of devices, millions of lines of code to configure networks, and constant updates, it has become nearly impossible to track network topology details, let alone network policies, behavior, and capabilities end-to-end. The result is a network infrastructure that is resistant to change and […]

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July 7, 2020
A Quick Forward Networks NQE Fix to a Severe F5 Vulnerability

Last week, on June 30, 2020, F5 revealed a serious vulnerability in its BIG-IP product line that allowed attackers to completely compromise systems, intercept traffic and even steal encryption keys used to secure web traffic. F5 also released the corresponding fixes, but by late last week heading into the 4th of July weekend, the US Computer Emergency […]

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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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March 27, 2020
Can All of These Customers Be Wrong?

“As a customer of Forward Networks I can tell you that I wouldn’t want to ever be without their software. Even the simplest task of finding a mac address or IP address on your network is done instantaneously on Forward Enterprise. The amount of time this has saved my team is worth every penny of […]

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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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November 21, 2019
Closing the Loop on Automation: Forward Networks + Ansible

In my previous blog post Query Your Network like a Database, I talked about how companies are embracing Network Automation in order to become more agile. I described how Network Automation can be very powerful but frighteningly dangerous without a proper safety guard. I explained what the Forward Networks Network Query Engine is and how it can help […]

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November 21, 2019
Query Your Network like a Database

As companies are trying to become more agile to provide new services to their customers at a faster pace, more and more of them are embracing Network Automation in some shape or form. Network Automation can be very powerful, but it comes with a price: it’s frighteningly dangerous! A mistake in the automation toolchain can […]

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October 12, 2019
What Do Boba Tea and Network Verification Have in Common?

Last week, Forward Networks presented at Networking Field Day 21. For two hours on a beautiful Thursday afternoon in Palo Alto, we hosted an esteemed group of network industry influencers, bloggers, and all-around experts. We had the hospitality program on full-tilt. Enormous warm cookies, a “swag buffet,” and a hip tea bar serving custom boba tea. […]

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July 17, 2019
Network Query Engine (NQE) with Postman

The GraphQL schema can be imported manually instead, providing autocomplete (no documentation, sorry). GraphQL Schema Definition Language (SDL) is the only format supported at the moment.

The NQE schema in SDL format can be exported from the Forward platform and manually imported in Postman. See the NQE Github repository for how-to instructions.

After the NQE schema is manually imported, you can easily build the Postman requests by selecting GraphQL, selecting the imported NQE schema, writing the query, send it and… voilà!

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