View an always up-to-date topology

Forward Essentials is powerful network management software that provides an always-accurate network diagram with full details about the physical layout of your environment

Access an inventory of your hardware and software

Track vendors, platforms, and software versions for immediate insights into your infrastructure

Search network-wide state

Search and visualize the network-wide L2, L3 and L4 state. In this example the user leverages Forward Essentials to learn the state and configuration for VLAN 1132.

Search VRF configuration

Make sure VRFs are configured in accordance with the network design

Understand what has changed in the network

Go beyond other network management and monitoring tools to quickly identify what has changed in the network between any two points of time by “diff-ing” historical snapshots of the network

Get running in under five minutes

Forward Essentials’ ease of use is unparalleled in the industry.  Go from first login to being fully functional with all data collected in less than five minutes. Gain insights to network performance monitoring issues and diagnose connectivity problems.

Forward Networks Product Comparison

 Forward EssentialsForward Enterprise
Search configuration files across
all devices, including switches, firewalls,
routers and load balancers
Automated network diagramming tool and topology management
Device inventory tracking and reporting
Compare topology and configurations
between snapshots for change management
Forward Search: End-to-end path analysis
highlighting network behavior and policies
Forward Verify: Compares network intent and policy requirements to current network design and configurations
Forward Predict: A sandbox environment for testing proposed changes to network configurations for policy impact and compliance
Behavior Diffs: Full comparison of network
behavior and path analysis between snapshots
Pre-defined Checks: A built-in library validates basic network configurations to remove inconsistencies
Cloud offering
On-Premises deployment option
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  • Unlimited devices
  • Unlimited collection
  • 1 year of data retention
  • Email support