Digital Realty Announces Results Of Annual North American Data Center Demand Survey

 Digital Realty Announces Results Of Annual North American Data Center Demand
                                    Survey

Independent study commissioned by Digital Realty indicates continued strong
growth driven by industry demand for increased security, energy efficiency,
new applications/services, and more space

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:
DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, has released key
findings from its annual study of the North American data center market. The
research was conducted on behalf of Digital Realty by Campos Research &
Analysis, an independent research firm.

The survey of senior leadership at large corporations in North America
indicates continued strong growth for the data center industry in 2013 and
2014:

  oNearly all respondents, 98 percent, indicate that they plan to expand
    their data centers in 2013 or 2014. This is the highest percentage in the
    seven years that Digital Realty has sponsored the survey;
  oThe most important reasons given for data center expansion are (in order
    of priority) the need for increased security, energy efficiency, new
    applications/services, and more space;
  oOne of the key motivators for expansion is implementing an internal
    (private) cloud. Three in five (61 percent) said that this is an extremely
    important reason for expanding their data centers;
  oThe trend is toward larger data centers with the following attributes:

       oMore raised floor space (18,500 square feet on average, compared to
         17,200 square feet in last year's survey);
       oMore power (62 percent want 2.0MW or more, compared to 49 percent a
         year ago);
       oCooling efficiency is getting more attention. Specifically, more are
         using hot or cold aisle containment (80 percent) this year than in
         2012 (74 percent); and

  oData center budgets continue to grow. The average increase in data center
    budgets is 7.7 percent, compared to 7.2 percent in last year's survey.

In a March 2013 research report, Server and Data Center Predictions for 2013,
Forrester Research, Inc. Vice President and Principal Analyst Richard Fichera
writes, "Newer workloads like analytics, big data, and online web services
such as search, social/digital media, and gaming are driving requirements for
computing, storage, and networking at an accelerating pace."

"Data center demand is driven by the combination of a number of trends,
including big data, cloud, virtualization, the need for greater energy
efficiency, and data center consolidation," said Michael F. Foust, chief
executive officer of Digital Realty. "Data center executives face the need for
cost optimization as well as the support of important existing and emerging
business initiatives. The strong demand revealed by this survey indicates that
senior leaders recognize the importance of data center strategies in meeting
these requirements."

While the survey respondents indicate a preference for U.S. locations for
their new data centers, they did not rule out Europe and APAC.

  oTwo-thirds of respondents would rather see the data center in the city
    where they work;
  oU.S. target locations cited were New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago,
    the San Francisco Bay Area, and Phoenix;
  oLondon and Hong Kong led in popularity of non-U.S. sites, with some
    mentions of Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.

For Further Information

A summary of the Campos survey results can be found at the company Knowledge
Center at www.digitalrealty.com via the "Thought Leadership" dropdown menu.

About the Methodology

Research was commissioned by Digital Realty and carried out independently by
Campos. Results of this study are based on surveys of 300 IT decision makers
at large corporations in North America with annual revenues of at least $1.0
billion and/or at least 5,000 employees. All survey participants are directly
involved in the process of managing, implementing or expanding existing data
centers. All participants were senior level executives or management,
including CxOs, in IT, MIS, IS or Finance. The survey was conducted in January
2013.

About Campos Research & Analysis

Campos Research & Analysis conducts consumer research and business-to-business
research, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies, to address the
business issues of client companies. Campos Research & Analysis was founded in
1988 by Rusty Campos. Ellen Campos became a principal in the firm in 2000.
Between them, the principals have nearly 50 years of research experience, both
client-side in Fortune 500 companies and supply-side with Honomichl 50 market
research companies. For more information, visit www.cr-a.com.

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 121 properties,
excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint
ventures, comprise approximately 22.2 million square feet as of February 28,
2013, including 2.4 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 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 futures data center demand growth
and requirements. 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, 2012 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
Media Inquiries: pr@digitalrealty.com

SOURCE Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

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