The verification startup Veriflow is extending the capabilities of its continuous network verification platform to hybrid clouds. It introduced other updates to the platform as well.
Veriflow’s platform aims to eliminate outages before they happen by gathering information on a normalized network state, and then modeling and predicting network-wide behavior. The platform uses an algorithm that simulates and models all of the possible data flows that could happen in a network to gain insight on an event before it happens.
With the latest announcement, the company is able to monitor and verify a network’s intent that is residing either on-premises, in the cloud, or a combination of the two, said Brighten Godfrey, Veriflow’s co-founder and CTO.
“When you move apps to the cloud, it’s like a black hole: you don’t really know where the app is running, and you lose the visibility you had before,” he said. “Our platform now combines on-premises networks with your cloud network, and Veriflow brings together multiple sources of data to understand the intent of both networks so operators can start predicting outages.”
The company also has the ability to recognize network architectures, so when a customer installs a product, the Veriflow platform automatically understands a good deal of what needs to be checked and verified.
“Most networks have an infrastructure that is old, and that network has grown organically since it was first created,” said Milind Kulkarni, VP of product management at Veriflow. “The original intent is lost, and no one knows what the point of the network was supposed to do. We automate the whole process of learning your network, what its intent is, and verify that is happening.”
Using automated intent inference, the updated platform can infer business goals with no input from the user. The platform automates thousands of network checks that assure network availability, resilience and protection. It also identifies misconfigurations that can result in outages and vulnerabilities.
Additionally, the platform is now able to compare any two snapshots of the network and identify changes for planning, analysis, and compliance purposes. This allows networking and security teams to automatically gain a baseline understanding of their entire networks.
The San Jose, California-based startup was founded in 2013 and first announced its platform last November. Veriflow has raised $11.1 million to date and has a little over 30 employees, said Godfrey.