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.


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.

Andre Kindness's Research

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Brief: HP's Acquisition Of Aruba Networks Reignites Its War With Cisco

    In 2009, Mark Hurd, a former CEO of HP, responded to Cisco CEO John Chambers' release of Cisco's UCS line with the acquisition of 3Com. While many expected an all-out war, the few early battles ...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Quick Take: Aruba's New Appliance Helps Customers Adopt Forrester's VNI Architecture

    The December 12, 2011, "Virtual Network Infrastructure" Forrester report provided enterprise infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals with a network framework to support emerging techno...

    • Downloads: 22
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Beware The Pitfalls Within Networking For Hybrid Cloud

    While we would all like hybrid cloud configurations to be simple and easy, the current economic, physics, and security realities result in infrastructure integration challenges that can be compl...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: The Myth Of White-Box Network Switches

    Public cloud platforms have sent the networking industry into a froth of hyperbole. Over the past few years, companies offering x-as-a-service (XaaS) have been making claims that transitioning t...

    • Downloads: 66
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Quick Take: HP Escalates The Branded Bare-Metal Network Switch War

    Similar to Dell's announcement in 2014, HP just announced plans to offer three HP-branded bare-metal (BBM) switches built on Broadcom's Trident II application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)....

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Strategic Benchmarks 2013: IT Infrastructure

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

    • Downloads: 1389
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Networking Predictions For 2013

    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 ...

    • Downloads: 1245
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    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 p...

    • Downloads: 1161
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    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: 898
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    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 s...

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