Andre Kindness

Principal Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Andre serves IT Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. He is a leading expert on network operations and architecture. His research focuses on networking technology and strategy, mobile network infrastructure, application delivery networking, data center convergence, and network infrastructure security. He helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy around infrastructure investment and optimization. His analysis balances technology with business strategy to ensure IT maximizes operational and financial efficiency.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to his role at Forrester, Andre worked for 10 years in the networking industry at HP's networking division and at Cisco Systems as a networking and security marketing manager, assessing the market and driving the creation and adoption of products and solutions to solve complex business challenges. Prior to these roles, he was an engineer who tackled complicated system dynamics for GenCorp Aerojet, a leader in space missile and propulsion. He developed a broad range of skills and quickly evolved into a system integrator, where he ensured the success of a low-cost, reusable rocket program.

Education

Andre graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1994 and has Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering, material science and engineering, and aeronautical science and engineering. Additionally, he has a pending CISSP certificate from (ISC)2 and has received certificates from UC Davis in network administration and management and routing and switching technologies.

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  • Andre Kindness
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Strategic Benchmarks 2013: IT Infrastructure

    IT Complexity And Growing Business Demands Orient Infrastructure Priorities Toward Increasing Hardware And Cost Efficiency

    This report provides IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals with strategic benchmarks to compare their IT infrastructure budgets, priorities, motivations, and technology adoption to...

    • Downloads: 1300
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Consolidate And Optimize Your IT Infrastructure And Data Centers Into 2014 And Beyond

    Executive Overview: The IT Infrastructure Playbook

    The next wave of data center and IT infrastructure optimization and consolidation will be driven by a workload-centric, software-defined, and hybrid cloud approach. At the same time, I&O leaders...

    • Downloads: 1023
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Networking Predictions For 2013

    Networking's Renaissance Breaks Down The Technology Silos And Introduces Teamwork

    As infrastructure & operations (I&O) leaders move aggressively to execute on their private cloud plans, they've run headlong into growing frictions between networking professionals and the rest of...

    • Downloads: 1225
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Data Center Network Evolution: Five Reasons This Isn't Your Dad's Network

    Look To Virtual Switches, Virtual I/O, Meshed Networks, And Automation To Maximize Your New Data Center Investment

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams are facing a difficult challenge in the data center: tossing out the rules of networking architecture. After years of just "throwing bandwidth" at the...

    • Downloads: 1153
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Focus Your Network Strategy On User Experience, Not Application Delivery

    To Remain Business-Relevant, I&O Managers Need A New Network Architecture

    Networking isn't about applications or technology — it's about users. The business pressure to consolidate IT, support empowered users, and provide customized experiences to customers is...

    • Downloads: 1030
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Data Center Networking Hardware, Q1 2013

    Distinct Competencies Separate The Core Vendors

    In Forrester's 85-criteria evaluation of vendors that offered data networking solutions, Forrester identified eight significant solution providers in this category — Alcatel-Lucent, Arista...

    • Downloads: 848
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Data Center Network Evolution: Three Core Network Management Tools

    I&O Must Invest In Configuration And Management, Monitoring, And Monitoring Aggregation To Accelerate Data Center Transformation And Automation

    Businesses are pushing their infrastructures to become a standardized, self-service, pay-per-use model giving users rapid access to powerful and more flexible IT capabilities. This means that I&O...

    • Downloads: 953
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Optimize IT Infrastructure Around Key Workloads

    Landscape: The IT Infrastructure Playbook

    The inside-out approach of engineers focused on technology for its own sake must stop: Your business cares about outcomes and holistic services, not server, storage, and network technologies. For too...

    • Downloads: 830
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Data Center Networking Solutions, Q1 2012

    The Data Center Networking Solutions Mimic I&O's Virtualization Maturity

    Over the past year, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have focused their enterprise networking efforts on readying network infrastructure to support virtualization, consolidation,...

    • Downloads: 880
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Virtual Network Infrastructure

    Orchestrating The Right Services For Each User Requires I&O To Invest In A Scalable, Secure, Shared, Simplified, And Standardized Network Infrastructure

    Server virtualization started a chain reaction that is transforming infrastructure and operations (I&O). Your network infrastructure isn't immune, but the reaction has been delayed. Current...

    • Downloads: 789
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Q&A: Networking Landscape, Q4 2010

    Collapsed Tiers, Converged Infrastructure, And Virtualization Are Turning Networking On Its Head

    Landing on the moon or the Jonas Brothers' debut doesn't hold a candle to the awesome state of today's networking landscape. Customers couldn't be in a better position to have true networking...

    • Downloads: 622
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Opening New Doors With IPv6

    Identify The Business Benefits Of IPv6 And Break Deployments Into Three Areas

    What's different between electric cars, flux capacitors, and IPv6? Absolutely nothing! They're all hyped technologies that have yet to come to full fruition. For IPv6, that's about to change. The...

    • Downloads: 599
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Source Your Network Architecture From A Strategic Partner

    Dual-Sourcing Your Network Just Results In Low-Cost, Low-Value Infrastructure

    Over the past few years in the networking industry, various vendors have claimed they offer clients a choice where there was none before. Really?! Over the past eight years, the networking industry...

    • Downloads: 485
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Workload-Centric Infrastructure Ignites Software-Defined Networking

    It's Not Yet Ready For Prime Time, But I&O And Vendors Have A Lot To Do Before It Gets Here

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams are aligning themselves and infrastructure around key workloads to drive greater simplicity and efficiency. In kind, the networking industry has responded by...

    • Downloads: 548
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:An Infrastructure Can Only Be As Efficient As DNS, DHCP, And IP Address Management

    I&O Should Focus Its Energies On DDI Operations, Not Development

    When was the last time you heard of a company building its own personal computers for its employees? Cobbling together hard drives, CPUs, memory, and operating systems is not cost-effective or a core...

    • Downloads: 493
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Updated Q1 2012: Understanding The Network Skills Gap

    Virtualization, Bring-Your-Own-Device, And User Experience Will Reshape Networking Professionals' Roles And Responsibilities

    Manual installation of engine pistons had an error rate of around 1%: automation reduced that to 0.00001%. Businesses need infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals to achieve comparable...

    • Downloads: 423
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:A Tsunami Of Empowerment Will Hit Your Network With The Internet Of Things

    Empower The Lines Of Business With Virtual Network Infrastructure

    The empowered era — cloud, virtualization, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD)—pummeled the network and networking teams. This deluge isn't letting up, as the Internet of Things (IoT)...

    • Downloads: 396
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Why I&O Must Design A WLAN To Provide The Best User Experience

    Part 1 In A Collection On Why I&O Managers Need To Focus Wireless Deployments On The User

    "There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." This famous quote from Sam Walton is one of...

    • Downloads: 391
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 1 Of 3

    Understanding The Need For SDN And The Vendors Fulfilling It

    Finally, networking has its "cloud." Not since The Beatles touched down at N.Y.'s John F. Kennedy International Airport to perform at The Ed Sullivan Show has there been so much hysteria; yet few...

    • Downloads: 402
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:How I&O Can Create A Wireless User Experience Network

    Part 2 In A Two-Part Collection On Why I&O Managers Need To Focus Wireless Deployments On The User

    In part 1 of this series, Forrester explained why I&O managers should look to deploy a wireless user experience network (uXn). A uXn can be characterized as a multistage problem-solving process that...

    • Downloads: 331
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 2 Of 3

    Enterprises And Vendors Need A Lot More Wrinkles On Their Face

    Even though software-defined networking (SDN) is widely popular with cloud providers, carriers, and universities, today's SDN solutions won't cure enterprise infrastructure and operations' (I&O's)...

    • Downloads: 348
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Fuse Business Acceleration Technologies To Optimize User Experiences

    Deliver Blazing-Fast Web, Mobile-Native, And Hybrid Applications

    Over the past decade, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams have focused large amounts of resources on making their customer-facing websites blazingly fast because website experience had a direct...

    • Downloads: 237
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 3 Of 3

    Use An Agile Manufacturer's Lessons To Guide Your Adoption Of VNI

    Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) hold the promise to reposition the network and supporting team from being a business barrier and services liability to an...

    • Downloads: 316
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Enterprise Network Enables Business Innovation

    Business And Network Strategies Will Become More Integrated

    The enterprise network is the ugly duckling of enterprise technology landscape, looked at disparagingly by CIOs and often ignored by the business. The enterprise network is much less exciting than...

    • Downloads: 165
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Cisco Unveils ACI — New Private Clouds Can Try It; Other I&O Pros Should Wait

    Cisco's Insieme 'Spin-In' Is Directionally Correct, But Many I&O Pros Can't Take Full Advantage Of Its Features Until Q2 2014

    On November 6, 2013, Cisco announced the company's newest next-generation data center solution — Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) — that includes new hardware, new firmware, and a...

    • Downloads: 155