I can't go into too much detail on a public forum, but basically - I work in education in the IT Engineering field. A few months back we were given a project and my co-worker and I have talked to MANY vendors, demoed tons of tech, and have been nailing down a rocksolid design. Then we start working on the specs for a RFP (due to the size) ... no issue there... well, my boss basically said that he is going to try to work a deal with a certain vendor and break things apart in such a way that we don't have to go out for RFP. The real killer part is that he is retiring at the end of the budget year (June 30th) --- so my co-worker and I will be stuck with an inferior, sub-par system because my boss likes that one company. If the job market was better I would just quit if we actually order this certain brand. It costs more, is harder to manage, doesn't perform as well, is extremely monolithic and doesn't scale worth a darn, does not have the high availability that I would like.... but it is made by ___ so it must be good.... OH JOY! Your tax dollars at work!