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Yes, this has been my experience with various companies attempting to do this - however there's been a lot of progress recently in both cloud vendor standardization and the rise of containers and kubernetes that makes this much easier.

Running multiple Kubernetes clusters in different cloud vendors with configuration details abstracted away in a more self-contained service that can be deployed by itself as the bootstrap process makes things much easier. Consul is a good system for this, deploy it once (manually if necessary) then everything else refers to it to figure out the environment details automatically.

We're using Rancher and Terraform to achieve this. The operational overhead is massively reduced compared to just a few years ago.

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