How many times do you hear the word “cloud” on a daily basis? What does it mean to you? Despite becoming a predominant buzzword, “cloud” means different things to different people, leading to confusion in many conversations. In talking with a multitude of customers, it’s becoming clear that many people view cloud computing as something that happens solely off-site, residing entirely at an external hosting provider. This assumption needs to be clarified, as cloud computing is meant to define a genre of architecture and operations, rather than just defining a location. The operational model is centered around consumption-based on-demand resources, automated workloads, and self-service provisioning – all of which can live entirely of-premises (public cloud), entirely on-premises (private cloud), or a combination thereof (hybrid cloud). Avi Networks brings these concepts to the load balancing space, easing the transition to cloud-like environments.