If we were lucky enough to meet with you at Cisco Live EMEA – thank you for trusting us with your time! Thanks to great attendance and interest in our new Generative AI feature, we met more people than ever and had more 1:1 technical sessions than ever before. Did we miss you?

Not to worry, one of our sessions was recorded and is now available on demand.

Network Insights through Generative AI

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

Alternatively, view a more in-depth BrightTALK session.

Supercharging SecOps with Data and Visibility

Why is network data your most valuable asset to ensure compliance? Chiara Regale, SVP of Product and UX for Forward Networks, discusses our integrations with Tenable and Rapid7 and how our integrations 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. Due to technical difficulties, this session was not recorded. Please view, instead, this in-depth BrightTALK session.

Are you headed to Cisco Live U.S.? Then carve out some time to come talk to us. We’ll have our top technical experts and co-founders on hand to provide solutions to your toughest problems! If that’s not enough to entice you, we’ll have yummy treats, eye-popping drawings, and super-cool in-booth giveaways. Only a clown would miss it!

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

When you think of Cisco Live Las Vegas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it s'mores, camping, and kayaking? It is for us, which is why we invite you to take some time from the hustle and bustle of the show to relax with us. 

Forward Networks is the only platform that prevents network fires by giving you all the data you need to ensure your network stays in policy and behaves exactly as expected. It takes a lot of stress off of Network Architects and has helped global companies retake control of their hybrid, multi-cloud environments.   

Stop by our tent and talk with one of our technical experts about your worst network challenges, and we’ll work through exactly how to solve it. While you’re in the booth, register to win a YETI cooler and Fuse mountain bike. 

We have lots going on at the show and look forward to seeing you there! 

Daily 

1:1 Technical Sessions  

Share your networking goals and challenges with one of our field engineers, and we'll provide custom recommendations that address your security, cloud, and network operations challenges. By attending a session, you'll also be entered into an exclusive drawing for an Oru Kayak. If you aren't able to attend Cisco Live but use the link below to schedule an online session, you'll still be entered in the drawing. 

Request a Meeting and Enter to Win a Kayak 

Monday, June 5 

Speaking Session 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. 

Join cofounder and CTO, Brandon Heller, to learn how to “Tame your Beast” – Top 5 Network Issues That a Digital Twin Can Solve in Under a Week.  

If your network beast includes hardware and software from dozens of vendors, spread across multiple data centers and clouds, and runs mission-critical applications with challenging security requirements… then join this 30-minute session featuring real-life examples from large, “beastly” enterprise networks that found a path to reliability, agility, and security. 

Tuesday, June 6 

Speaking Session 12:10 - 12:20 p.m. 

Join cofounder, Nikhil Handigol to learn how to Supercharge your SecOps with Data Insight.  

Join this 10-minute session for lightning demos of two of the best security features of Forward Enterprise that have transformed Vulnerability Management and Incident Management for our customers. Nikhil will explain how a mathematical model, or “digital twin,” of your network enables SecOps teams to prioritize vulnerabilities and respond to security incidents faster and with greater accuracy.  

We were honored to be an Emerald Sponsor of 2023 Cisco Live EMEA. During the four-day show, we met with hundreds of network engineers and architects who keep the world's most complex networks secure, reliable, and predictable. And they were not shy about bringing us their headaches.

We were honored to sit with them and whiteboard solutions to their challenges, including reducing MTTR, proving compliance, preventing outages, understanding the exposure of compromised devices, improving the efficiency of change windows, and derisking automation.

We also crowned new network champions who proved their prowess by completing the Forward Quest Challenge. Each of these network security and predictability defenders will receive a T-shirt proclaiming their expertise. If you missed our booth or weren’t at the event, you can earn your own shirt by playing the game on our site.

Speaking Sessions

On Tuesday, Chiara Regale, our vice president of product and UX, participated in a panel discussion focused on Unlocking value from Network Automation investments to help resource efficiency in Network Engineering & Management. She shared some of the most common challenges we see when working with Fortune 500 companies and large government organizations and how our network digital twin improves IT efficiency through visualization and validation capabilities. She also shared how customers use our Network Query Engine to prevent configuration drift and keep the network behaving as intended.

On Wednesday, co-founder Peyman Kazemian packed the partner theater. During his session, Peyman demonstrated how network digital twin functionality like search, modeling, and intent checks help engineering teams reduce MTTR, avoid outages, verify security posture, and ensure policy compliance across all network environments -- on-prem, cloud, and multi-cloud.

We left Cisco Live EMEA energized to help these companies ensure their network behaves as expected, prevent security incidents, and avoid outages. We’re already planning how to make Cisco Live EMEA 2024 more exciting and looking forward to Cisco Live 2023 in Las Vegas.

If you can’t see us at a show - we’re happy to spend time whiteboarding your challenges and show you how our digital twin can put you back in control of your network.

Let the Games Begin! Cisco Live Amsterdam has officially started, and we’re delighted to be here meeting with the best and brightest of the European networking community.

Stop by to say hello, and play Forward Quest to learn how easy it is to put your people back in charge of the network and register to win a Nespresso Citiz & Milk brewing system.

We’ll be giving demos every 30 minutes.

Learn how the Forward Enterprise platform enables you to:

Meet our Executives!

Panel Discussion: Unlocking Value from Network Automation

During this panel discussion, Chiara Regale, Vice President of Product and UX, will discuss de-risking network automation without compromising efficiency.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
5:00 - 5:40 p.m. CET
Innovation Theater

Innovation Session: How to Ensure a Reliable, Predictable, and Secure Network

Join cofounder, Peyman Kazemian, in the Partner Theater to learn how easy it can be to keep your network secure and behaving as intended.

Wednesday February 8, 2023
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. CET
Partner Theater

Last week, on February 8, 2019, Packet Pushers published our second podcast with them covering a range of customer use case updates and new features like our Network Query Engine (NQE), VMware NSX support, Cisco ACI announcement and more. We have always gotten great feedback on our shows with hosts Greg and Ethan, and find their audience to be one of the most savvy and technical groups out there.

Quite coincidently, we were surprised that Drew Conry-Murray from the Packet Pushers team also published a blog last week titled, “Intent-based Marketing Sucks”. Since many in the industry consider us one of the leaders in intent-based networking, we thought it was an odd prelude to our upcoming podcast release.

In reality, I pretty strongly agree with Drew, though, and I think we had a good chuckle about it over email. The two main points we agree on are that: 1) “intent based networking” has become one of those vaguely defined panaceas that every remotely-related vendor tries to tie into, and 2) Forward Networks actually does a really good job of not leading with “intent washing”, as so many people see it. Drew actually compliments us on our straight-forward, technical and value-based presentations.

To the point of Drew’s blog, “it appears that if you expose APIs and can auto-configure a network device, you are ‘Intent-Based’”. There are SD-WAN vendors, for example, pitching whatever link optimization feature they have as intent-based networking. That’s not really keeping with the full vision of how the industry defined “intent based networking”. We’ve seen the same thing in the past with “SDN washing”, “cloud washing”, etc.

Drew notes that customers don’t benefit from this kind of confusion and mislabeling. Instead, he says that customers want clarity and not jargon. Which is absolutely the approach that Forward Networks has taken while I’ve been doing product marketing. We rarely lead with “intent based networking” to define or position ourselves, precisely because it is still such an ill-defined technology. We educate customers first on what our product really does, and not refer solely to buzzwords.

For the most recent example, we presented at Tech Field Day in Barcelona on January 30 to a very seasoned panel of leading European networking bloggers and technologists, and they unanimously said that we were the best presentation of the week (via comments like this, this and this)! From clearly articulating how our product solves real problems, demonstrating use cases, and an in-depth walk-through of product features. No jargon, no buzzwords, no hype, no confusion. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here:

I think you’ll get the same impression from our Packet Pushers podcast where we cover a lot of the same material. We also have a number of short, helpful videos that quickly highlight actual product features and use cases rather than dumbing down the technology into a bunch of hyperbole.

The latest video we produced is on our Network Query Engine (NQE) feature, for example, which really opened people’s eyes at Cisco Live Europe. And the accompanying blog on NQE, which was jointly written by our CTO, lead engineer for the project and myself, is a very detailed technical tutorial implicitly devoid of any sales-speak. (It’s probably too long for a feature introduction, and maybe a bit dry, but we’ll be working on some more bite-sized presentations moving forward on NQE). Check them out and let us know what you think:

NQE Blog

NQE Video

New Video Showing VMware NSX and Amazon AWS VPC support

In the end, Drew assured us that he didn’t have Forward Networks in mind when he disparaged the industry’s intent-based marketing efforts. And we would agree with him that it has certainly become a confusing space, and that’s not going to help anyone. But, we’re finding quite the opposite with our customer efforts by focusing on real capabilities and solutions. You can find actual feedback from our customers on delivering real product value on Gartner’s peer insights website. And Dr. Jens-Henrik Soeldner, writing in one of Germany’s leading IT journals, thought we were the hottest, most interesting vendor at Cisco Live Europe last month (according to this).  The bottom line is that when you’ve got a great product that delivers real value you don’t need to fall back on buzzwords and jargon.

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