A Day In The Life Of A Packet

Forward Networks made the trip from their Palo Alto headquarters to join the Tech Field Day delegates in Barcelona for Cisco Live Europe. The representatives from Forward Networks included Chiara Regale (VP, Product Management), Elyor Khakimov (Systems Engineer) and Andreas Voellmy (Engineer).

Founded in 2013, Forward Networks has deployed thousands of network devices since 2016. These devices include network switches, routers, load balancers and firewalls. The company’s services and products are used in production across financial, service providers and enterprise verticals. Customers choose Forward Networks because it offers multi-vendor support for physical and virtual environments in private or public cloud environments.

A veteran at TFD, Forward Networks is an Intent-based networking company that provides assurance through verification including reliability and efficiency. Forward Enterprise, the company’s flagship platform is built on a mathematical and behavioral model and assists administrators verify intent and troubleshoots network problems including speed and end-to-end across various network devices.

Two use cases for Forward Enterprise include Application Team Self-Service and Change Window Assistance.

Forward Networks applies an algorithm once the vendor agnostic view is achieved and it is referred to as the Header Space Analysis. The mathematical model provides all the potential combinations of traffic flow which results in an accurate model of the software network.

The end result provides the customer all the information they need without having to parse through the results via a well defined schema. This information is customizable which can be used to create dashboards. Included are charts, graphs, metrics and all of it can be exported into useful information that makes sense!

The presenters from Forward Networks absolutely nailed this presentation from start to finish. If you don’t believe me, ask Ivan. At the 25:02 mark, he was quoted “Can I interrupt you for a second? THIS is AWESOME!”

Throughout the entire presentation, each of the presenters came prepared. With each question from the delegates, the presenters responded with “We got this” or “I have your back”. If this were baseball, Forward Networks hit for the Cycle (I know Stephen will appreciate this)!

To learn more about Forward Networks, please click on the link below to watch the presentation which was recorded live while on-site for Cisco Live Europe 2019:

For more information about Forward Networks, Tech Field Day and how to become a TFD – please click on the links below:

Please take a moment to subscribe to the YouTube channel which also includes watching the various videos that were posted throughout the day. Kudos to PrimeImage Media for recording the live sessions.

None of this would be possible without the support of Stephen FoskettTom HollingsworthBen GageMel Zura and the entire Tech Field Day staff for coordinating a seamless event. Looking back, I can’t thank you all enough for allowing me to participate at #CLEUR, experiencing Barcelona and most importantly getting to meet and know new #TFD delegates along the way.



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