Forward Networks’ SDN Pioneers Want to Make the Network Less Error-Prone


Forward Networks, a startup whose founders include software-defined networking (SDN) pioneer David Erickson, is launching today with a management tool to simplify network operations.

The company’s formal verification engine, now in general availability, is aimed at “eliminating tedious manual correlation by humans and putting it into smart software,” Erickson says. In other words, Forward wants to automate away the human-error factor that causes network outages or security vulnerabilities.

It’s solving a problem that CEO Erickson and his co-founders — Brandon Heller, Peyman Kazemian, and Nikhil Handigol — encountered as students at Stanford University in a period starting around 2007, when they were doing early research on what became SDN. They were part of the team that was led by professor Nick McKeown and included Martin Casado, now a venture capitalist with Andreessen-Horowitz.

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