No, I was not sarcastic and was genuinely interested. I like to know the landscape of what's available out there.OK, I'll jump in here for a moment... Can't tell if that's a sarcastic statement of, "that's nice."
If you buy new and know their limitations, you really can't go wrong with Mikrotik. I have enterprise switches from HP, Arista, Juniper, Mellanox, Celestica, Supermicro, Extreme, Nortel, 3com in addition to Brocade in my lab. It doesn't hurt to learn more about other vendors. The one vendor I don't want to get into is Cisco due to ever-increasing licensing restrictions.
Yes, I've read all 282 pages an find it quite informative.