If you were going to design a small network, say 400 node across 4 seperate buildings connected via fibre, had a tiny budget, wanted gigabit to the floor, mulitple vlan capacity along with easy-to use network/vlan management and config software, what would you suggest? I've got a clean sheet, so not tied to any particular hardware or software but only a small budget.
I'm discounting Cisco as too expensive, have looked at Netgear but NMS doesnt seem to allow for VLAN management. I know HP Openview but again too expensive. Are there any comprehensive opensource network management tools eg Freenac?
Realise this is a very open question, just looking for some pointers and to find out what others have done in a similar situation.