Sometime in the past month Brocade stealthily launched a community forum (community.brocade.com/openscript) for its ADX Application Delivery Controller (ADC). The Brocade forum will be powered with Brocade’s OpenScript Programming Engine, which is a PERL-based scripting interface to allow Brocade ADX administrators to create custom functionality for its service provider customer base.
The use of PERL is a good decision for Brocade as it’s well adopted in service provider environments today so the barrier to entry should be fairly low. As powerful as PERL is though, the real leverage with this announcement will be from the OpenScript Community.
The community allows Brocade administrators to ask each other questions, share scripts and collaborate with one another. In essence the community site facilitates conversations and collaboration between customers that have deployed ADX. If executed on correctly, the community can create value for all Brocade customers.