Saturday, March 1, 2008
Calling All Asterisk Appliances
It is pretty amazing how many people and companies have created Asterisk-based appliances since Digium created the Asterisk Appliance, currently named the AA50. The first of many Digium appliances, some solid state and some purpose-built server appliances, the AA50 set the bar in which everyone chases. Some are bigger, some are smaller, some have analog ports for gateway functionality to PSTNs and some are pure IP. It does not matter what they have but the SMB consumer gains choices based on open source Asterisk.
As the global leader in open source telephony, we pave the way for others to follow and proliferate the market along with Digium allowing customers freedom of choice.
A recent Network World blog written by Matthew Nickasch and entitled, "Appliances Run Amok" (http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/25408) explored the Appliance concept. Check out this highly electrified thread.