I'm a big fan of the open source Asterisk platform for developing and facilitating VoIP applications.
It logically follows that I am pumped about Asterisk-leader Digium's announcement at Fall VON 2006 that it is getting ready to launch Asterisk Appliance.
Front and center in the Appliance will be the $3,995.00 Asterisk Appliance Developer Kit. This will enable components necessary to construct a turnkey telephony platform for up to 50 users per site.
As to the Asterisk Appliance itself, that's a Standalone Embedded PDX. Sized at 11x 6x 3/4 inches, it contains an Asterisk server, eight analog ports (FXS,FXO), five Ethernet ports (4LAN, 1WAN) hardware echo cancellation, compact flash for voicemail/wireless, a built-in router, a craft port for debugging, as well as a built-in uCLinux.
Oh and did I say a commercial Asterisk license?
Yea, I guess I just did say that.