“it is a basic principal of our free-market economy that competition between vendors leads to lower prices and higher quality products," the report states. "Yet, instead of using an open competitive bid process to attempt to receive the lowest possible price and highest quality product, the State of West Virginia simply relied on Cisco’s goodwill."see West Virginia auditor blasts Cisco, state for "oversized" router buy – Network World
Amen. The idea that certain suppliers should be blessed above all others is a trap for everyone, resulting in voluntary monopoly. It causes people to disregard common sense. It’s the same with operating systems. There are organizations which will have only M$’s stuff on their PCs and servers by default, not though any necessity or advantage.
When I was working in schools, contractors almost always installed M$’s OS and Cisco’s switches. When I equipped a medium-sized school, I used GNU/Linux and TrendNet, saving a ton of money and being able to buy more/better hardware where we needed it on servers and clients. The file-server doubled as the router… I never maxed out those servers and I only maxed out the network a few times in tests and making backups. Both provided years of trouble-free services. M$ and Cisco are not the only ones who know how to do things. They have no intellectual, manpower or technological advantage worthy of monopoly so don’t give it to them on a plate. Make them work for a living like everyone else.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for clients and servers.