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Palo Alto, CA. – January 16, 2019 – Forward Networks, the industry leader in network assurance and intent-based verification, is announcing support for VMware NSX Data Center, the network virtualization platform, to deliver a single analytics and troubleshooting platform for both physical and virtual networks.

Chiara Regale, VP of Product at Forward Networks, noted, "Forward Enterprise empowers IT teams to easily correlate activity between the virtual network and the physical network that supports it, by applying common network assurance and verification methodology across physical and virtual network planes, integrating policy and path-based views of both into a single network view."

Forward Networks’ flagship platform, Forward Enterprise, is especially well-suited to analyzing complex, multi-vendor networks across a variety of technologies.

"Enterprises desire the ability to analyze and diagnose configuration and policy issues across virtual and physical networks," said Pere Monclus, vice president and chief technology officer, Network and Security, VMware. “Forward Networks has demonstrated the ability to simplify troubleshooting, testing and error detection in the largest enterprise networks and cloud infrastructures."

As businesses increasingly adopt best practices of intent-based networking, the ability to verify intent fills a critical step in the network automation pipeline. By creating a mathematical model of the network, or “digital twin,” Forward Enterprise enables companies to quickly visualize and search large networks, troubleshoot problems, verify policy correctness at scale, and predict network behavior prior to making changes to production equipment.

About Forward Networks

Forward Networks provides a robust network assurance and verification platform to reduce business risk and improve network operations. By enabling network and applications teams to verify intent and predict network behavior, Forward’s solution brings the benefits of intent-based networking to large enterprises: agility, predictability, and scalability.

Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz and DFJ. For more information, visit www.forwardnetworks.com.

VMware and NSX are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward Networks Adds Support for AWS

Benefits of Intent-based Network Verification Now Extend to Amazon Virtual Private Clouds

Palo Alto, CA. – November 29, 2018 – Forward Networks, the industry leader in network assurance and intent-based verification, has announced that their latest software release includes support for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Forward Enterprise, the company's network verification platform, now delivers the benefits of intent-based networking to hybrid cloud environments, allowing IT organizations to view their AWS VPC networks as a seamless extension of their on-premises infrastructure, from a connectivity, security policy and compliance perspective.

David Erickson, CEO at Forward Networks, noted, "We've launched support for AWS in direct response to demand from our customers, who want to apply all of the advantages of our platform – reduced risk, reduced cost, and better operational efficiency – to their AWS cloud infrastructure."

Forward Networks has pioneered the ability to analyze the end-to-end behavior of networks and then verify the correctness of a network based on defined intent, security policies, and compliance requirements.

"Businesses shouldn’t have to sacrifice network visibility and control when they migrate to a cloud environment," said Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group. "Forward Networks has taken a huge leap in solving that problem."

Forward Networks' flagship platform, Forward Enterprise, Forward Networks' flagship product, delivers a software platform for network verification and automation designed for large, complex, multi-vendor network environments. By creating, in software, a mathematical model of the network, Forward Enterprise enables companies to quickly visualize and search large networks, debug problems, verify policy correctness at scale, and predict network behavior prior to making changes to production equipment. Network engineers can also diagnose issues in a fraction of the time and isolate potential errors before they cause network outages.

To learn more about the technical capabilities and use cases of Forward Enterprise for AWS, see the company’s blog post at: www.forwardnetworks.com/aws

About Forward Networks

Forward Networks provides a robust network assurance and verification platform to reduce business risk and improve network operations. By enabling network and applications teams to verify intent and predict network behavior, Forward's solution brings the benefits of intent-based networking to large enterprises: agility, predictability, and scalability.

Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ, and A.Capital. For more information, visit www.forwardnetworks.com.

Palo Alto, California – October 4, 2018 – Forward Networks, a leader in network analytics, automation, and intent-based networking solutions, announced that it has been included as a Cool Vendor in Gartner’s 2018 “Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking” report.

The report addresses challenges presented by “network complexity created by years of incremental, rather than innovative, technical changes; limited visibility into the network; and continued prevalence on manual network changes rather than leveraging network automation.”

Gartner analysts suggest that I&O leaders evaluate several software-based solutions as a way to improve the agility of enterprise networks critical to digital business.“Tools enabling network analytics and automation can improve agility and availability in advance of hardware refreshes by improving network performance and providing clearer insight into network architectures, costs and behaviors.”

David Erickson, Co-founder and CEO of Forward Networks, said “The team at Forward is thrilled with the recognition from Gartner. As we often hear from our customers, verification and network assurance are vital to reducing risk across the entire network. Intent-based networking solutions are the next major step forward for leading IT organizations.”

Forward Networks’ flagship product, Forward Enterprise, delivers a suite of network automation tools designed for large, complex, multi-vendor network environments. By creating, in software, a mathematical model of the network, Forward Enterprise enables companies to quickly visualize and search large networks, debug problems, verify policy correctness at scale, and predict network behavior prior to making changes to production equipment. Network engineers can also diagnose issues in a fraction of the time and isolate potential errors before they cause network outages.

In a recent ROI study across several customers, including several large financial services companies, Forward Enterprise enables 50% faster resolution of network trouble tickets, 90% faster fixes related to audit processes, and 33% reduction in aborted network updates due to identified errors.

Read a complimentary copy of the entire report: Gartner 2018 Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking.

Source: Gartner, Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking, Bill Menezes, Tim Zimmerman, Vivek Bhalla, Andrew Lerner, 7 May 2018.

Disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Forward Networks

Forward Networks is the leading provider of solutions for intent-based networking and analytics for large enterprise networks, communications providers and network integrators. Using their flagship product, Forward Enterprise, customers reduce time to analyze and troubleshoot network issues, remove operational complexity and increase network availability. Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.forwardnetworks.com

Presented by the editors of TechTarget’s Data Center Media Group, the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards recognize the top products and technologies in essential areas of data center and cloud infrastructure

Palo Alto, CA. – Feb. 22, 2018 – Forward Networks, a leader in network analytics, automation and intent-based networking solutions, today announced that the company’s flagship platform, Forward Enterprise, has earned the prestigious 2018 Modern Infrastructure Impact Award for best software-defined infrastructure solution. Forward Enterprise helps network engineers and operators ensure that their intended networking and security policies are accurately implemented in their network designs and configurations, allowing users to proactively isolate errors that can lead to costly outages, while accelerating time to remediate issues and deploy changes.

Now in its fifth year, The Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards are judged by the Modern Infrastructure e-zine editorial staff in conjunction with users, readers, and industry experts. They recognize tools that help enterprise businesses run with efficiency and insight. Forward Networks was selected in the software-defined infrastructure category over solutions from Cumulus Networks, Big Switch Networks and VMware.

"Although it's a small company, I think Forward Networks' Forward Platform is pretty great," said Mark May, enterprise infrastructure specialist. "It basically imports your network configurations and lets you treat them like a sort of lab to predict network intent. For me, these guys are the most innovative." Readers were also impressed by the level of visibility Forward Platform provides into the network. It performs continuous verification to ensure the network follows the connectivity and security policies that you've defined. As one voter said, it "finally solves the underlay problem."

“We are thrilled to have been selected the winner of this Modern Infrastructure Impact award from such a distinguished set of finalists,” said David Erickson, CEO and Co-founder of Forward Networks. “Especially with the selection process involving a wide range of readers, users and industry experts. This is testimony to how quickly we have been able to gain market traction and recognition for a radically improved approach to identifying and diagnosing network issues and accelerating change processes.”

Forward Enterprise is the result of primary research the four founders developed at Stanford, growing out of their pioneering efforts in software-defined networking, OpenFlow, and intent-based networking. In addition to focusing on network automation, they developed ways to model complex networks in software to allow end-to-end path-based analysis, rather than traditional box-by-box methods to analyze and verify network behavior. The resulting intelligence can accelerate time to identify network issues by upwards of 60-90% while proactively eliminating configuration errors that could cause future outages.

About Forward Networks

Forward Networks is the leading provider of solutions for intent-based networking and analytics for large enterprise networks, communications providers and network integrators. Using their flagship product Forward Enterprise, customers reduce time to analyze and troubleshoot network issues, remove operational complexity and increase network availability. Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit http://staging4.forwardnetworks.com.

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