Digital Realty Unveils Next-Generation Data Center Architecture

       Digital Realty Unveils Next-Generation Data Center Architecture

POD 3.0 Drives Higher Capacity and Energy Performance

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:
DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, has unveiled the
next generation of its POD Architecture® - the unique methodology the Company
uses to design and build its Turn-Key Flex(SM) solution using a modular
approach that speeds delivery, advances energy efficiency, maximizes
reliability and lowers costs for its customers. POD 3.0 advances the modular
approach to data center design by increasing the critical IT load delivered
from the current 1,125 kW to 1,200 kW while reducing the number of components
necessary for the additional capacity. The enhanced and simplified design
reflects Digital Realty's focus on providing customers with flexible data
center solutions that meet their exact needs and requirements.

"This new generation of POD Architecture will enable us to do more in terms of
capacity and energy performance, using the same operating scale that we
successfully deployed as POD 2.0," said Jim Smith, chief technology officer at
Digital Realty. "The size and scope of our global platform provides us with
access to a high volume of operating data that we believe is unmatched in the
data center industry. Using real-time information, we have been able to
fine-tune our design and develop the next generation of our POD Architecture.
We were able to demand more from the existing platform and deliver an enhanced
solution to our customers in terms of performance, reliability and cost
efficiency."

The centerpiece of Digital Realty's POD Architecture is the pre-fabrication
and inventorying of major electrical and mechanical systems that traditionally
stand in the time-sensitive path of data center construction projects.
Pre-fabricated components are manufactured in a factory environment and then
warehoused for on-time delivery to project sites, improving quality and
accelerating time to market. The cooling and electrical systems are
pre-commissioned in the factory and then re-commissioned along with the
completed data center.

"Our approach to modular data centers is not about producing pre-fab data
centers or containerized solutions. Utilizing POD Architecture, we delivered
over 49 megawatts of Turn-Key Flex data center capacity in 2012, and expect to
deliver an additional 89 megawatts of Turn-Key Flex capacity in 2013," added
Mr. Smith. "By pre-assembling electrical and mechanical room components, while
retaining the flexibility that customers require of a customized data center,
POD 3.0 once again puts Digital Realty customers at the forefront of data
center development innovation."

POD Architecture 3.0 represents an improved, simplified arrangement of
components that serves as the foundation of the Company's Turn-Key Flex
solution. Core to the enhancement is an increase in critical IT load capacity
to 1,200 kW from 1,125 kW at the same cost point achieved with POD 2.0, using
only two electrical skids versus the previous design's three skids. The
reduction of the infrastructure footprint will help improve the yield on
building space for data centers. POD 3.0 will also produce data centers that
feature higher energy efficiency (such as PUE ratings below 1.2).

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering customer driven data center
solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that
meet each customer's unique data center needs. Digital Realty's customers
include domestic and international companies across multiple industry
verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to
manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty's 110 properties,
excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint
ventures, comprise approximately 21.2 million square feet as of October 26,
2012, including 2.2 million square feet of space held for redevelopment.
Digital Realty's portfolio is located in 32 markets throughout Europe, North
America, Asia and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is
included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of
Digital Realty's website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on
current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ
materially, including statements related to POD Architecture 3.0, or POD 3.0,
expected improvements in capacity, time to delivery, energy efficiency (such
as PUE ratings), reliability, costs and yield on building space from POD 3.0,
and expected MWs to be delivered in 2013. These risks and uncertainties
include, among others, the following: the impact of the recent deterioration
in global economic, credit and market conditions, including the downgrade of
the U.S. government's credit rating; current local economic conditions in our
geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as
a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate
developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to
(including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment
charges); our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of
a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or
non-renewal of leases by tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and
equity financing; increased interest rates and operating costs; risks
associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including
re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due,
adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other
terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements; financial market
fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; our inability to
manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in
foreign jurisdictions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate
acquired or redeveloped properties or businesses; risks related to joint
venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such
investments; delays or unexpected costs in development or redevelopment of
properties; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; increased
competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to
successfully develop and lease new properties and space held for
redevelopment; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and
completing acquisitions; our inability to acquire off-market properties; our
inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting
companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse
changes to tax laws; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business
activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural
disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; changes in foreign laws
and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership
and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory
requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases
in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of such risks
and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the Company with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on
Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September
30, 2012. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.

For Additional Information:
A. William Stein            Pamela M. Garibaldi
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Investor Relations and
Chief Investment Officer    Corporate Marketing
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.  Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
+1 (415) 738-6500           +1 (415) 738-6500



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