Digital Twin Technology Defined

Explore the mathematically accurate modeling technology at the core of Forward Networks

Use Case from ONUG 2022

How S&P Global Introduced Digital Twin Technology to Deliver a Seamless Network Experience

What is a digital twin?

We use digital twins every day without realizing it.
For example, Google Maps is a digital twin of the transportation system with all possible paths between destinations and current information on road status (traffic, construction, police, etc.).

On the contrary, older, less sophisticated GPS applications record the transportation system at a certain point in time and use that dated information to plot routes.

In the same vein, Forward Networks provides a digital twin of the network with all possible packet paths, so you can make decisions with visibility into current conditions, not outdated Visio diagrams.

Who benefits from a digital twin?

Enterprise networks are growing more complex than ever, and that creates extra strain on NetOps, SecOps, and Apps teams. Poorly integrated networks can create security risks, hamper employees’ efforts to access data, and create friction for customers.
"Network outages are a costly problem for my company."
Jacob B.
"I struggle to provide zero-trust security posture within my network."
Olivia D.
"I need to prove my hybrid multi-cloud security posture"
Peyton S.
Forward's digital twin technology solves all of these challenges and more by collecting configuration and state information on every device in the network to accurately depict and predict behavior.
Read why Gartner Research names digital twin technology as the emerging technology that will change the way enterprises roll out network changes.
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Why choose Forward Networks Digital Twin Technology?

Bring instant value through efficiency

Watch Brandon Heller, Co-founder and CTO of Forward Networks, open with an overview of the company and how a Digital Twin can help NetOps teams be more efficient and proactive.

Reduce integration risks

Read more about resolving key post-merger integration challenges by placing a network digital twin at the top of your acquisition integration checklist.

Drive agility, security, and availability

Read why Forward Enterprise's digital twin technology is crucial to the future of complex global networks in this research report from Enterprise Strategy Group.

Provide rapid insights

Learn about Forward Networks' mathmateical model and how our software-based digital twin provides rapid insights to understand reachability and security. Now any network team can move from reacting to getting ahead.

Forward Networks Digital Twin Features


Get an always accurate, single-pane view of network topology for on-premises, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform for Layers 2-4. Drill down to specific devices and traffic flows, including configuration and state data.


Use our browser-like search capabilities to achieve Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR) for network issues in seconds. Perform complete end-to-end path analyses across the network for both on-premises and cloud infrastructure.


Constantly monitor network behavior across on-premises, cloud and virtual overlay networks with purpose-built intent checks. Continuously audit the network and receive actionable alerts for noncompliance.


The Forward Networks platform can be powerful, historical forensic tool. At predefined times, the network collector scans the network to ensure configuration and state information and then stores the snapshots. See configuration changes between any points in time to identify which policy or rule behaviors impact traffic flow.

What is the ROI of a Digital Twin?


In October 2020, an "inadvertent change to systems" compromised $250,000 in ad revenue at Twitter


In 2018, Amazon lost $100 million during a one-hour network outage


In March 2019, Facebook experience a 14-hour outage:
- 110 million in lost ad revenue
- $13.46 billion in lost market capitalization

$1 million

60% of network outages cost at least $1 million in operational disruption, reputational damage, lost data and financial loss

Outages are expensive.
Identify issues before they impact the business with Digital Twin Technology.

A recent Uptime Institute study that found human error was the cause for 74% of the most severe network outages. Something as simple as a typo in a configuration can take down mission-critical traffic flows.

That’s why we’ve built intent checks and predict functionality into the Forward Networks Platform. Engineers can use our platform to pinpoint issues before they impact the business.

Try our ROI calculator to realize your potential savings implementing the Forward Networks platform:

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Customer Example


outages were experienced by Acme Corporation over the past year

Average Outage length

minutes per week*

Potential savings

if Acme Corporation had investigated in a Forward Networks Digital Twin

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