"I don't know, but I don't believe we participated in the CSU systemwide evaluation," he said. "I don't know what kind of committee system the chancellor's office had set up for evaluating Alcatel.
"If you look at the overall solution ... you might make savings in one particular aspect, whether it's hardware, software or servers," he said. "But our view was, how does it really meet the needs of all of our students and the needs of our faculty and staff. That was the most critical element for us."
Davidoff declined to comment on SJSU's decision to go in another direction for its network infrastructure. The first year of the SJSU project will be funded by the sale of SJSU's Educational Broadband Service spectrum, and additional funds will come from the university's IT services office budget, a new student fee, and monies from the continuing education program.
Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 25 years, 21 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy.
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