Every Forward Networks installation starts with data collection. Configuration and states are collected securely from all network devices via SSH, by issuing a series of CLI commands.

Collections can be scheduled, triggered via API, or issued on-demand via the user interface. This powerful network mapping software and network topology tool also helps generate up-to-date configuration and topology diagrams for audit and compliance initiatives.

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The device data is then processed to create a behaviorally accurate model – a copy of the entire network, in software. Atop the network copy, the Forward Platform traces, indexes, and stores all possible ways that the network can process packets. This behavioral data is then made available to applications.


Applications today include: Forward Search – instant access to questions about network behavior with an advanced path analysis, Forward Verify – continuously verify that business-critical network connectivity and security policies are enforced, and Forward Predict – predict the precise outcomes of proposed changes to your network without touching production.

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 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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