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SDS cuts across the enterprise storage systems, enterprise server storage software, and cloud infrastructure and software markets, making it an appealing technology for service providers (SPs) that seek higher levels of infrastructure automation, multicloud readiness, and a high degree of scalability and reliability at lower costs. European SPs are especially evaluating software-defined, cloud-ready storage services that will allow them to offer IT as a service (ITaaS) from behind their own firewalls and datacenter networks so they can have strong control over data governance as well as meet regulatory compliance (GDPR). IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue <$100 million that have demonstrated a groundbreaking business model, an innovative new technology, or both. This IDC Innovator study profiles three European SDS and cloud services vendors: CTERA Networks, StorPool, and Quobyte, each offering a solution to overcome SPs' unique challenges around data compliance, distributed network and storage silos, inconsistent storage management, performance, and scalability.