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Cisco Live Amsterdam is kicking off in less than a week! We hope you'll stop by our stand (C13), grab a coffee from our barista, and learn about our new AI-supported feature, AI Assist, which was recently featured in Network World.

We're giving away three electric bikes! Attend a theater demo or talk to one of our onsite technical experts for a chance to win.

Theater presentations are every half-hour in the booth. Learn about:

Join our live sessions:

How a Global Financial Services Company Saved Millions with Accurate Data

Steve Allie, Vice President Technical Services

Wednesday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m. - 12:10 p.m. CET

Speakers Corner


Network Insights through Generative AI

Discover the transformative power of Generative AI in unlocking network insights with Co-Founder, Nikhil Handigol. In this session, explore how Forward Networks seamlessly incorporates generative AI into its network digital twin, revolutionizing the accessibility of crucial information for NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps engineers.

Wednesday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. CET

Partner Theater


Supercharging SecOps with Data and Visibility

Why is network data your most valuable asset to ensure compliance? Join Chiara Regale, SVP of Product and UX for Forward Networks, to explore our integrations with Tenable and Rapid7. The demo will highlight how our solutions deliver complete attack surface visibility that empowers SecOps teams to proactively identify impacted hosts with critical vulnerabilities accessible from the Internet or other critical exposure points within seconds.

Thursday, February 8 at 11:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. CET

Partner Theater

Natural language prompts put the power of NQE into the hands of every networking engineer

As featured in Network World, Forward Networks has raised the bar for network digital twin technology with AI Assist. This groundbreaking addition empowers NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps professionals to harness the comprehensive insights of NQE through natural language prompts to quickly resolve complex network issues.

See the feature in action.

AI Assist: Transforming Network Operations:

Recognizing the persistent challenges faced by engineers in accessing hybrid, multi-cloud network data amid vendor diversity and network complexity, Forward Networks introduced AI Assist, available today as part of release 24.1. The new feature facilitates Network Query Engine (NQE) searches using natural language prompts, allowing engineers of varying skill levels to conduct sophisticated network queries with a minimal learning curve. The feature also generates natural language explanations for queries, fostering improved collaboration and understanding within teams.

Building on the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Networking Data Library:

Leveraging its extensive NQE library, the capability will be continuously improved through use. A world-class networking large language model (LLM) combined with the industry’s most comprehensive network digital twin delivers the AI outcomes that users can trust.

Learn more about Forward Networks’ AI implementation at www.forwardnetworks.com/ai

Forward introduces AI Assist to help engineers gain greater insights and reach faster resolutions to their most challenging network issues using natural language

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks has officially launched AI Assist, a groundbreaking generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) feature integrated into its flagship platform, Forward Enterprise. This cutting-edge addition aims to empower NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps professionals, enabling them to gain comprehensive insights and expedite solutions for their most demanding network challenges through natural language prompts. The announcement coincides with the company's unveiling of its long-term AI strategy.

Recognizing the persistent need for enhanced access to hybrid, multi-cloud network data among engineers, Forward Networks addresses the hurdles posed by vendor diversity and network complexity. AI Assist, available today, facilitates Network Query Engine (NQE) searches using natural language, thus allowing team engineers of varying skill levels to conduct sophisticated network queries with minimal learning curve. Moreover, AI Assist generates natural language explanations for existing queries, fostering improved collaboration and understanding within the team.

Forward Networks is harnessing the collective power of user-generated searches and its extensive NQE library to train its networking large language model (LLM). Because Forward Enterprise collects an unparalleled breadth of cloud and device data, the integration of the networking LLM with Forward's advanced data platform streamlines operations and provides even novice users with advanced insights into network behavior. Leveraging the ease of natural language, AI Assist empowers engineers to quickly assess network behavior and identify potential issues (e.g., non-compliance, troubleshooting). The model's continuous improvement is driven by operator utilization, establishing a solid foundation for upcoming AI features.

"By combining the power of our network digital twin with AI, we make it even easier for engineering and security teams to extract critical insights from their network," said Nikhil Handigol, Co-Founder, Forward Networks. "We are developing the world's leading networking large language model, laying the groundwork for future features that proactively assist engineers, enhance the efficiency and safety of changes, and aid in determining optimal network configurations. Since founding the company just over ten years ago, our passion has continued to grow and drive our commitment to modernize networks. Harnessing the powerful capabilities of AI is integral to achieving our vision."

Forward Networks ensures that the world's most complex and mission-critical networks are secure, agile, and predictable. The platform gathers configuration and L2-L7 state data from network devices and public cloud platforms, creates a mathematical model of the network, and computes all possible traffic paths. Supporting devices from major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, Forward Enterprise stands out as the go-to solution for large enterprises managing multi-vendor, hybrid-cloud networks.

"In this hyper-connected digital business environment, networks and networking staff are under tremendous pressure to heighten service integrity and capabilities on a continual basis," said IDC's Mark Leary, Research Director – Network Observability and Automation. "IDC research indicates that those organizations that leverage the power of AI across their network infrastructure are driving greater gains in operational efficiency, digital experience, and key financial measurements. Forward Networks' purpose-built networking LLM, coupled with their comprehensive digital twin platform, represents a promising advancement in bolstering network resiliency and responsiveness."

Read Press Release on PR Newswire

It's that time of year again when all security professionals converge in San Francisco for the RSA Conference (RSAC). This marks the second year that the conference has been back in full swing since the pandemic, and it was great to be there to discuss our solution with the attendees!

This year, RSAC attendees were transported to the Forward Networks Roadhouse. This is a place of solitude to share your network security concerns with one of our “bartenders.” As the attendees walked past the booth, there were two general impressions. First and foremost, “This is the best booth I have ever seen,” which was quickly followed by, “That is one sweet bike! Is there a raffle for it?” At this point, after we broke the news that, unfortunately, the bike was not for sale, the woeful attendee walked up to the bar and sat down. Our bartenders offered a refreshing cold brew (coffee) and a helpful ear as they explained their network security woes.

Fear not; those woes did not go on deaf ears, as our knowledgeable bartenders acknowledged all their security and network woes and showed how Forward Networks' mathematically correct digital twin was precisely the tool they needed to end their concerns! The attendees saw that by using Forward Enterprise, they would be able to sleep at night, knowing that the next time their cloud security posture was audited, it would be following the corporate security standards. They also learned that they no longer needed to fear undetected critical vulnerabilities, as Forward Enterprise uses their network data alongside the NIST database to to deliver a prioritized remediation plan, including what devices are affected by them and the lines of configuration that cause that vulnerability.

The biggest takeaway from presentations at RSAC is the industry's rapid adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Now, the ease of access to Large Language Models (LLMs), such as ChatGPT, enables the infrastructure to become more adaptable, self-healing, and open to more automated ways to make configuration changes. Operations teams are turning to AI-based diagnostics for troubleshooting and issue remediation. Seeing these technologies being more broadly spoken about and adopted in several ways further solidifies their place in the industry.

If automated changes happen in the environment, the question arises: How can you ensure that the change will not negatively affect the network? LLMs are constantly learning, and how can you ensure that the change you ask the system to perform will not cause any undesired changes in the network? Forward Networks' Verify function can ensure that the intent of how the network behaves is exactly as it should be behaving. Forward Networks Verify will look at any checks defined to ensure the intent of the network is correct and that nothing has changed that could cause an adverse condition in the environment. This is not only compared and validated with the organization's on-prem network but with the cloud and virtual overlay networks as well.

If you were not able to visit the Forward Networks Roadhouse at RSAC this year and would like to learn more about how a digital twin can help with your organization's security posture, request a demo with our technical team!

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