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Veriflow: Helping Enterprises Tame Complex Networks by Mathematically Verifying Intent

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Intent-based networking is the latest buzzword to sweep across IT — and its promise is profound. As the technology stack becomes necessarily more complex, two things happen: it becomes almost impossible to architect the network to anticipate every potential unintended consequence, and mistakes become more likely and more impactful.

Intent-based networking (along with SD-WAN, NFV and other recent developments) all aim, in part, to help solve this problem. But how do you know if your network is realizing your intent? And how do you ensure that this intent is maintained as the network changes and grows continuously more complex?

Veriflow has introduced a new technology that it believes can answer these questions and help enterprise organizations eliminate outages and vulnerabilities in their network — mathematically. They do this by applying what is called formal verification to networks, which uses an algorithm to “predict all possible network-wide behavior and mathematically verify availability and security, instead of waiting for users to experience outages or vulnerabilities to be exploited.”

The company thinks that enterprise networks are, in fact, complex systems that look and act a lot like complex enterprise applications. As such, it believes organizations should apply the same principles of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) to the network. This belief is why it calls its approach continuous network verification. It’s an intriguing new concept that may be coming just in time to help organizations tame the network complexity that will not be going away anytime soon.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).