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Navigating the ever-changing technology landscape is challenging, especially with the constant influx of new technologies. The Gartner Hype Cycle methodology gives you a view of how a technology or application will evolve over time, providing a sound source of insight to manage its deployment within the context of your specific business goals.

The Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2023 includes digital twin technology. In the report, Gartner explains that a network digital twin allows faster testing and consequent delivery of network changes with fewer personnel resources and less cost by reducing shadow IT equipment requirements. 

The report indicates that the technology can lead to real cost savings for enterprise networking.

Forward Networks is included in the report as a sample vendor. We’d like to offer you a complimentary copy. Please click here to download the full report.

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Gartner, Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2023, 12 July 2023, Andrew Lerner, et. Al.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its 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. 

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Organizations with hybrid, multi-cloud environments that require many operators across disciplines will reap the greatest rewards today from using a digital twin.

by Chiara Regale, Network Computing

The increasing complexity of networks today requires IT teams to oversee network connectivity, cloud migration, mobile integration, security, and more, despite the IT staff shortage crippling progress for many organizations. The sum becomes a herculean task as a typical enterprise network spans multiple locations and thousands of devices, each with its own proprietary operating system and configuration rules. IT teams need a solution that oversees these complexities in a way that doesn’t inhibit growth, increase risk, or rely on regressing back to on-premises, centralized systems. Some wonder if a digital twin is the answer.

A digital twin is an exact virtual reproduction of an organization’s entire network environment that can model network behavior. In its Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact Radar report, Gartner predicts digital twins will fundamentally change the way enterprise networks are managed due to the host of benefits they provide organizations...

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Forward Networks recognized under Digital Twin Tools for Enterprise Campus Networks

SANTA CLARA Calif., Nov. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks, the industry leader in network assurance and intent-based verification, today announced that it has been named in a newly published report, "Emerging technologies and Trends Impact Radar: Communications" by Gartner Inc. Forward Networks is recognized under the Digital Twin Tools for Enterprise Campus Networks category.

"The Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact Radar highlights the technologies and trends that have the most potential to impact a broad cross-section of markets." The Gartner report describes, "Communications technologies must continually evolve to match transformations across digital business landscapes." According to the Gartner report, "The growing use of public cloud services brings growing connectivity complexity for enterprises." The report predicts Digital Twin tools for enterprise campus networks will have a significant impact on the market in 3 – 6 years.

"To be included in this Gartner report is an honor. We've been developing and advocating network digital twin technology for over a decade, and we believe this Gartner report validates that the technology will have a significant impact on enterprise IT," said David Erickson, Co-Founder and CEO of Forward Networks. "Because our platform is based on a mathematical model, we are uniquely able to deliver accurate insights into network behavior and empower network administrators to make their networks more reliable, agile and secure."

Forward Enterprise is the only digital twin on the market that supports all major networking vendors and services at scale, including multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments. Forward Enterprise also offers complete integration with the top-cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Cisco. The platform uniquely delivers a single source of truth that includes maps of all possible traffic paths, change verification, the ability to predict how ACL changes will impact network behavior, and assurance that the network is compliant with established policies.

Gartner, "Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact Radar: Communications", Christian Canales, et al, 13 October 2021.

Disclaimer: GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its 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 revolutionizing the way large networks are managed. Forward's advanced software delivers a "digital twin" of the network, enabling network operators to verify intent, predict network behavior, and simplify network management. The platform supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Investors include Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, and A. Capital.

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

We were very excited to be selected as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Enterprise Networking for 2018 according to their report (download now) released on May 7. We believe this recognition reflects the innovations we've made around intent-based networking, network operations and IT automation over the last year, as well as the continued traction we are seeing with customers in the market.

Forward Networks is improving our customers’ network agility by accelerating their ability to make network changes, automating the verification of network designs and dramatically shortening analysis and remediation cycles. Some of our customers are taking the opportunity to better align their accelerated DevOps processes with a more agile and efficient NetOps process where application requirements can be tested and verified in the network in a fraction of the time.

Forward Networks has helped pioneer an intent-based networking (IBN) approach. We think what separates us from other emerging vendors in this space, though, is our completely vendor-neutral approach with support for all major networking hardware vendors, including firewalls and load balancers. In systems like ours, accurately modeling the behavior of each device to perform path-based analysis and identify configuration errors is critical, and we can do it for 90% of any multi-vendor network out their today.

Another key factor is our completely agent-less approach, so we can provide a completely non-intrusive, non-disruptive solution that takes minutes to get up a running on your network. This allows us to add value today, right-away, on existing networks, and to not require a fork-lift to new hardware or only be used in greenfield environments.

Forward Essentials a cloud-hosted solution, allows you to map your network, manage and search configuration files and allows customers to gain experience with collecting data from their network devices. Forward Enterprise layers on the full network search/analysis and policy verification features required as part of an intent-based networking approach. Users can sign-up for Forward Essentials here.

[Note: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its 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.]

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