I had a few minutes to look at the appliance a few weeks ago and will report my very quick observations.
snom is promoting two distinct ways of buying snom ONE: integrate your own server/gateway/snomONE software or buy integrated snom ONE Plus appliance.
snom is positioning snom ONE plus as a closed and then the added benefit that it is fully supported IP PBX + PSTN. The operating system, telephone system is designed to be easy to use and ready-to-go out-of-the-box. The phone system is configured through a web interface as well as the telephone system. This snom ONE Plus way comes with a ready-to-go system, easy to configure and comes in a range of PSTN port connectivity using Sangoma. But don't expect it to be optimal to install lots of other Linux apps--not what its designed for.
If you want to fully control and install a snom ONE phone system, its recommended you buy a standard server, install your preferred OS (Microsoft Windows, of course-- ;-) along with the snom ONE yellow or blue. Of course the snom ONE works on windows, linux or MAC OS. In this senario for PSTN connectivity, you use any gateway company like patton or audio codes.
On to the photos...Here it is:
snom's new snom ONE Plus Appliance.
Not your standard rack mount server and having the back of the motherboard facing forward might take one for a loop but it actually looks better in person than on photos.
Close up of the LED's on the front. Yeah, they are not HP Proliant level of finese.
The unit has pretty solid looking rack mount and grips.
It appears the unit has included wall mounts (remove and flip) which is a nice touch.
Its okay if the salesman says the server is a "speed demon" but a sticker on the appliance saying the same looks a little cheesy.
The unit has an external power supply which could be considered a bit "consumer" grade.
One last thing that I found surprising was that the partner/user needs to install the Sangoma gateway card themselves. They are included in the box but not installed. This was explained as a way to get it to market faster to avoid some regulations.
Overall I think this box will make it easier for newcomers to snom ONE to get into the race. For our practice Windows Server OS and Proliant servers will be what we stick with for now. And with a blog called "windowspbx" is there any surprise? ;-)