I am looking for some recommendations for Asterisk hardware. I have been following Asterisk for some time now and we will be rolling it out to our office as well as several client offices in the not too distant future. We would like to start to test and standardize on the hardware we will be using for clients. I was originally thinking about putting it on a rack mount server (Dell for instance) but I have read posts here and elsewhere that you may be better off having the installation on a regular PC/Workstation. I am wondering why this may be the case. I have seen several rack mount cases and appliance type cases that have been referenced.
Does anyone have any real world recommendations regarding an Asterisk PBX in a production environment? Server or PC/Workstation? RAID 5 vs RAID 1? We will be using Digium cards with the IP phones TBD. Thank you in advance.