Scott Hanselman

What is the cloud? Explained

September 10, '20 Comments [3] Posted in Musings
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I'm continuing my "Computer Stuff They Didn't Teach You" series on YouTube. Please subscribe! I've set a personal goal to get to 100k subs by Christmas.

This episode is very special as it features a Surface Duo *AND* a 1U Rack-Mounted Azure Stack Edge! It's a gentle and clear explanation of cloud computing.

This 20 min video talks about the components of a computer, starting with a Raspberry Pi, Laptops, Phones, Desktops, then moving up to a massively powerful Azure Stack Edge rack mounted device, until finally talking about the Cloud itself. It consists of millions and millions of computers all working together to make the world turn.

You may know all these things BUT you may also enjoy some of the analogies to explain to non-technical partner how the cloud works as well as "what exactly it is you do!?"

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it! Go subscribe now!


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:33:41 PM UTC
Great episode! I really like the pi cluster, I tried to build similar at home. All of the blogposts are inspiring. I was thinking that if we take a look back in the time, we can see that actually the things are not so different. We still use the same structure of computers. Just the approaches changed. The power and the methods how we use them changed.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:24:45 PM UTC
I watched this video while several children were around me. (I told them I want to watch this alonge; guess what? They came and watched enthusiastically.)

Youngers asked me a lot of questions afterwards:
  • What's cloud?
  • What's server?
  • What's aircraft carrier?
  • What's [Synology]?
  • What's Azure?
  • Why did he not buy that? Did he steal it? He says doesn't have that kind of money.
  • This guy doesn't know what's a pie and what's raspberry. Why is he so stupid?


Older ones gave feedback instead:
  • You mistook Microsoft logo for Windows logo.
  • You first showed Microsoft-produced computers and later said Microsoft doesn’t produce computers, but has friends that makes them.


Other than that, they were mostly amused by your gadgets.

I have feedback too:

  • Your video was more about a rack-mounted blade server than the meaning of cloud.
  • Even when you talked about the cloud, you restricted yourself to cloud-based storage.
  • Your tone is condescending, as if your video is meant for kids. But at the same time you assume your audience is familiar with such advanced topics such as "a slice of Azure", "redundancy", and "ARM".
  • Even I don't what you meant when you said "edge".
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Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:00:37 PM UTC
Really good tutorial. Thanks.
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