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The cloud offers agility and speed for DevOps teams. Being able to spin up environments and create applications in a fraction of the time previously required helps organizations launch new capabilities for customers, employees, and vendors quickly. For most companies, this means reduced time to market and the ability to recognize revenue faster.

IT teams recognize the benefits of a DevOps culture, but they also know that by their very nature, new applications are prone to security errors that can put the business at risk. So, they require a security review prior to pushing new applications live. Nobody would argue with the need to ensure security compliance; however, most people would also agree that slowing down the process of launching new applications is not ideal. Companies today cannot afford to choose between speed and security — nor do they need to.

The only way to effectively address this issue is to automate the process of verifying the connectivity and security posture of cloud applications. Without automation, your IT teams cannot keep up with the demand to prove compliance for the rapidly growing volume of cloud applications.

The verification feature within the Forward Enterprise platform enables automated compliance checks for new applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Developers are notified of the required changes if there's an issue, and compliant apps can be provisioned automatically with confidence. The intent and Network Query Engine (NQE) check feature also lets you continuously audit cloud configurations to prevent real-time changes from diluting security policy. If a non-compliant change is detected, the appropriate teams will receive specific, actionable data as to what the issue is and why it’s happening, enabling rapid resolution.

The ability to automate security for cloud app provisioning is just one of many powerful features in the Forward Enterprise platform that can help your organization reduce risk and enforce critical security policies as you deploy new cloud apps or migrate on-prem apps to the cloud. To learn more about how Forward Networks can help your business take the security and compliance guesswork out of cloud application deployment for good, read this use case or join our educational webinar.

Spring is in the air and that means that ONUG Spring is right around the corner! At Forward Networks, it’s feeling a little like Christmas in April because we’re so excited to meet in-person, and we hope you feel the same. Our booth is polished, our presenters are on fire, and our capabilities for solving multi-cloud problems are unparalleled.

In addition to an in-person and virtual booth staffed by hands-on technical experts, we have two exciting presentations planned.

On Wednesday, April 27 at 11:20 a.m., our director of product, Natale Ruello, will share how our customers use the Forward Enterprise platform to verify security policies in their hybrid multi-cloud environments. If you’d like a preview of the challenges he’s going to address, check out his ONUG blog post: Is your multi-cloud estate secure?

On Thursday, April 28 at 2:25 p.m., Josh Matheus, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, will detail the pain points that motivated the need for a single source of network truth, describe the process of selecting and implementing a digital twin, and outline the results that his network team has achieved since deployment.

If you haven’t registered for the event yet – please use our discount code to save 20% on your registration by using the code: Forward22. We hope to see you there or at another event this year.

If you can’t attend in person, don’t forget to check out our virtual ONUG booth where you can ask questions and see the technology in action.

A six-figure surprise is awesome when it’s a lottery win. It’s not so awesome when it’s the “Amount Due” appearing in your monthly cloud bill. But enterprises receive these “surprises” all the time, and what can sting even more is trying to explain this preventable expense to management.

Inefficient (not optimized) traffic routing to and from your various cloud instances and other services can hurt your business in other ways too. It can lead to bandwidth and latency issues that undermine network and application performance. And while your cloud users likely have no clue what network path they’re taking to get to the resources they need, if their experience stinks, you’ll hear about it.

There’s a quick and easy way for your engineers to find and fix inter-cloud routing mistakes before they become costly problems: with a proactive intent verification in Forward Networks. We recently announced that Forward Enterprise now supports all major cloud providers (AWS, GCP, and Azure) to create a digital twin of your entire hybrid multi-cloud estate. This use case has been very well received by our current customers.

The intent verification feature in Forward Enterprise lets you confirm that all the traffic patterns to, from, and between your cloud environments — and across your cloud instances from providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure — are configured in-policy. Even if a path works, it may not be the most direct route the traffic could take which creates latency for users and/or racks up unnecessary connection charges for your enterprise.

With proactive intent verification, you can ensure your cloud traffic configurations are in-policy. And you’ll find no more big surprises in your monthly cloud bills — at least, from inter-cloud routing mistakes.

For more details on the intent check feature from Forward Networks, join our technical solutions architects for a demo of the capability in action or read this use case.

Forward Enterprise Makes the Cloud More Agile, Predictable, and Secure

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks, the only company offering visibility and intent capabilities across the entire network estate, including on-premises, hybrid-cloud, private cloud, public cloud, and multi-cloud instances, today announced enhancements to the Forward Enterprise platform. Forward Enterprise now provides unprecedented visibility into network configuration and behavior in an actionable, vendor-agnostic format, enabling all organizations to conduct business in the cloud with certainty. In addition, the new cloud capabilities give IT teams a 360-degree view of both physical and virtual environments, as well as a single pane of glass for end-to-end in-depth connectivity analysis and policy and security verification.

Forward Enterprise creates a digital twin of an enterprise environment across on-premises devices, as well as hybrid multi-cloud environments. IT teams can instantly troubleshoot, verify intent, and predict network behavior by computing all possible traffic paths. The new platform enhancements also ensure security policies are enforced and prevent costly multi-cloud routing mistakes.

"For enterprises running large and complex networks, the cloud promised agility, economics, and security, but it has delivered complexity, expense, and risk," said David Erickson, Co-Founder and CEO, Forward Networks. "Our new platform enhancements were developed after listening to our customers detail their pain points and will help enterprises take the next right step in their cloud journey. They now have the same visibility and transparency into multi-cloud network traffic as on-prem environments and can be confident that they have the necessary information to make networks more reliable and secure."

CLOUD WITH CONFIDENCE
Unlike the proprietary tools cloud providers offer subscribers, Forward Enterprise provides visibility, insight, and troubleshooting capabilities across multiple clouds. Using this insight, professionals can often remediate potential problems before they materialize, saving time and money. Forward Enterprise is the only platform on the market capable of building a software model of all major networking vendors and services at scale, including for hybrid multi-cloud environments. It also offers complete integration with the top cloud platforms, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In addition, the platform computes all possible traffic paths for unparalleled insight into network behavior, including how some changes can impact network behavior and compliance verification.

The new capabilities are generally available today, and pricing is based on pay-as-you-grow cloud consumption that does not require a large upfront investment.

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.

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