The 4Cs of Multi Cloud

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Multi cloud is fast becoming the reality, and we have highlighted the advantages and some challenges organizations face while embracing multi cloud. In this post, we will talk about how you can successfully roll out a multi cloud strategy by taking into account the 4Cs of multi cloud. As a CIO or enterprise decision maker, it is your responsibility to ensure that IT acts as an enabler of innovation while also establishing a proper governance model and complying to regulations.

The 4Cs of multi cloud are:

Consumption: The key to enable innovation is the ease of consumption of cloud services. The more the friction in using cloud services from multiple providers, the more likely it is for developers to use directly from a single cloud provider, leading to shadow IT.  The very success of cloud lies in lower barrier to entry for consuming cloud services. In a multi cloud environment, the same ease of use is a must. A seamless interface to consume any cloud service from any provider is a key requirement. The ease of Consumption, the first of the 4Cs, is one of the key features of CoreStack platform. CoreStack provides not only an easy way to consume the services but the features are mapped to the native features available with the cloud providers.

Cost: As we pointed out in our previous blog post, managing cost across multi cloud is not easy. With multi cloud strategy, organizations gain flexibility to take advantage of the competition among cloud providers and the associated price drops. But without a proper control process in place, it could result in runaway costs due to unused resources. Cost management is vital not only to keep costs under control across teams, but also in estimating the ROI of newer projects. Without the visibility in costs, organizations usually resort to speculations, leading to costly failures. If fail fast is the path to agile innovation, addressing cost management is important. Cost Management, the second C of the 4Cs, is another unique feature of CoreStack platform.

Cloud Observability: In the cloud native world, the traditional ideas of monitoring, logging and tracing has morphed into observability. Unlike the traditional monitoring which is more reactive, observability leads organizations to be proactive in dealing with their problems. With containers and diversity in the set of services consumed, Observability is becoming the core part of IT operations. In a multi cloud world, the role of Observability becomes even more critical. Cloud Observability is the third C in the 4Cs and CoreStack helps organizations to solve a part of the Cloud Observability problem.

Compliance: The role of modern enterprise IT department lies in enabling innovation while also keeping the visibility and handling governance. Without a proper governance structure in place, any multi cloud deployment will be susceptible to failure. Governance is important not just from the point of view of operational control but also from the need to be compliant. So, Compliance becomes the fourth C in our 4Cs of Multi Cloud. CoreStack’s strength lies in providing a powerful platform for governance and ensuring compliance.


As you embrace multi cloud strategy, focus on the 4Cs of Multi Cloud to get your strategy executed right. CoreStack has the 4Cs built into the platform and can help you in your multi cloud journey.

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