Network Verification | Forward Networks
Network Automation and Verification for your Intent-Based Network
The software used to manage networks hasn’t kept up with the dramatic expansion of networks themselves.
The Forward Networks solution is designed to help network teams eliminate network outages and reduce time to remediate errors. Its platform enables engineers and operators to visualize and search complex networks, debug configuration problems, verify network-wide policy implementations, and predict network behavior prior to deploying changes. Forward Networks builds a software replica of an entire network to analyze its behavior. Using the network copy, the software traces, indexes, and stores the collected data, monitoring things like end-to-end behavior, verification of the network’s forwarding behavior and security posture, and close monitoring of configuration changes.
Forward Dashboard provides key network insights with visualizations that are easily consumable and exportable. The Network Complexity pane includes insights on Device models, OS versions, Device by type and several key metrics like Number of Links, Number of Configuration Lines, Number of VLANs and Number of VRFs with an indication of how they changed in the last 30 days. The Network Verification pane provides insights on Passive and Failing Active checks, Devices with and without failures and Violations by check type.
Automatically create an always-accurate network diagram with full details about the topology of your environment. Access a complete inventory of your hardware and software across vendors, platforms and versions. Visualize the network-wide L2, L3 and L4 state of your network and all device configurations.
Search network behavior, configuration and state network-wide with an intuitive and powerful tool. Find any device on your network, including its connections and all forwarding behavior for fast root-cause isolation and incident remediation. Perform complete end-to-end path analyses across your network for both on-prem and cloud infrastructure.
Verify that your network is configured and behaving exactly as intended across on-prem, cloud and virtual overlay networks. Set, check and customize policies for your entire network. Continuously audit your network, receiving alerts of non-compliance.
Understand the outcome of network configuration changes for ACL and NAT environments. Proactively identify potential connectivity and security policy violations.
Behavior Diffs allow side-by-side comparison in one quick view of configuration file changes for any device, between any points in time. Identify what policy rules and behavior checks have changed between snapshots. Quickly see new device connections, topology changes and interface updates. Learn how routes are altered due to changes with the ability to filter results by VRF, next hop address, IP destination and more.
Use the language of your choice to implement integrations with standard REST semantics and HTTP Basic Auth. Create custom apps to show network paths, status of policy checks, or anything else from the rich database of network information. Automate tasks, set up triggers, update device credentials, and create checks from other policy sources.
In-App Network Query Engine (NQE) Checks enables customers to create custom verification checks, using the NQE data model, directly in the Forward Enterprise browser-based interface. No development skills needed, no scripts to build and maintain, simple and intuitive 3 step process:
- Explore the Data Model
- Create the Check
- Execute the Check and Save
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Forward Enterprise documents, searches, verifies, and predicts the behavior of your network by creating an always-accurate software copy of your entire network infrastructure using a unique mathematical model.
With available REST APIs, it easily integrates into your existing network management workflow and tools. The In-App Network Query Engine (NQE) Checks feature delivers the ability to define and perform custom verification within Forward Enterprise atop the NQE data model. Forward Enterprise can be deployed on-prem or via cloud hosting for complete implementation flexibility.