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
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  • 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: 297
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Wireless Local Area Network Solutions, Q3 2014

    The 10 WLAN Solutions That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 58-criteria evaluation of vendors that offered wireless networking solutions, Forrester identified 10 significant solutions in this category — Aerohive Solution, Aruba...

    • Downloads: 267
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Three Forcing Functions That Will Extend Your Data Center's Network Services Beyond Its Walls

    Combining Network LAN, WAN, And Layer 4 To Layer 7 Services Into A Horizontally And Vertically Integrated Business Platform

    Five years after introducing network fabrics, the networking industry has hit the reset button. Vendors haven't come any closer to helping customers build networks that can instantly mesh users,...

    • Downloads: 254
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Breaking Down VMworld 2014

    Can The Virtual Powerhouse Power Virtually Everything?

    Last week, VMware presented its latest corporate and product strategy and developments at the annual VMworld conference. The three pillars of VMware's strategy are the software-defined data center...

    • Downloads: 240
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Customer-Centric Strategies Require Business-Centric Network Hardware

    White-Box Network Hardware Will Be One Option Of Many Choices

    "Don't get too attached to your specialized network hardware — you're not going to need it in the future," said Steve Riley, chief technology officer of Riverbed Technology, during his speech...

    • Downloads: 154
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Beware The Pitfalls Within Networking For Hybrid Cloud

    Networking Has A Ways To Go To Make Hybrid Cloud Simple

    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 complex...

    • Downloads: 160
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: Cisco's Tail-f Acquisition Is Good News For Your Flexible Service Ambitions

    The Move Validates Forrester's Virtual Network Infrastructure Vision

    On June 17, 2014, Cisco announced its acquisition of Tail-f Systems for $175 million in cash and retention incentives. The acquisition helps Cisco deliver on a virtual network infrastructure vision...

    • Downloads: 73
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Myth Of White-Box Network Switches

    White-Box Network Hardware Offers Organizations More Flexibility And Choice, But That Comes With More Responsibility

    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 the...

    • Downloads: 72
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Brocade Launches Networking's First Commercial Open Source Software

    Brocade Releases The Vyatta Controller Built On OpenDaylight Source Code

    On September 22, 2014, Brocade released its software-defined controller, Vyatta Controller, which officially brings open source software (OSS) from the networking shadows into the mainstream network...

    • Downloads: 59
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    Networking Is The Path To HP's Growth If The Company Doesn't Repeat Past Mistakes

    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...

    • Downloads: 39
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Create A Customer Engagement Network For Your BT Agenda

    Connecting Your Customer To The Business Requires A New Network Strategy

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders move to support a business technology (BT) agenda, they will come to the difficult realization that their current network infrastructure can't support...

    • Downloads: 46
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    HP And Others Pursue The Lucrative Hyperscale Market

    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). More...

    • Downloads: 28
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    Aruba's New Product Highlights A Shift In Network Design And Customer Requirements

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

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