Brocade Opens Up ADX with Openscript
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Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) is updating its ADX Application Delivery Controller (ADC) operating system providing new scriptable extensibility. The Brocade ADX 12.4 release is the first major update to the platform in nearly a year, following the 12.3 platform that had a key focus on IPv6.
The new extensibility comes by way of a technology that Brocade is calling OpenScript. The scripting engine has some similarities to the iRules scripting engine used by F5 as well as some key differences, according to Brocade.
"OpenScript is a deterministic application programming engine that has the scalability and the predictability that providers need," Keith Stewart, director product management for Application Delivery Products at Brocade, told InternetNews.com. "OpenScript is deterministic, which means you can predict the performance of a script before you put it into production."
The programming language behind OpenScript is Perl, which offers the advantage of a large base of developers as well as access to the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) libraries. With CPAN, developers can pull from tens of thousands of existing Perl scripts. OpenScript enables users to pre-compile scripts and then run them through a performance estimator that will help with appropriate sizing for applications before they go into production.
"The OpenScript engine is a high-performance protocol and application level decoding system that breaks apart live sessions in application traffic that is moving across the network and serves that up to higher-layer scripts through protocol APIs," Stewart said. "Those protocol APIs are effectively like LEGO blocks where you can use them to build monitoring, acceleration and security applications all on top of a common scripting environment."