Digital Realty Announces Results Of Annual European Data Centre Demand Survey

Digital Realty Announces Results Of Annual European Data Centre Demand Survey

Independent study commissioned by Digital Realty indicates continued growth
driven by industry demand for improved security and disaster recovery
preparedness

PR Newswire

LONDON, April 15, 2013

LONDON, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR),
a leading global provider of data centre solutions, has released key findings
from its annual study of the European data centre 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 Europe revealed the
following data centre growth trends:

  oA strong majority of respondents, 88 percent, indicate that they will
    definitely or probably expand their data centres in either 2013 or 2014;
  o25 percent of respondents indicate that they will definitely expand in
    2013, compared to 22 percent a year ago;
  oThe main reasons given for data centre expansion are, in order of
    importance, the need for security, disaster recovery, and power issues
    (the supply/reliability of power, and maintaining efficiency);
  oThe trend is towards slightly more compact data centres, with an average
    size requirement of 14,100 square feet (1,300 square metres), compared to
    15,600 square feet (1,500 square metres) a year ago;
  oData centre planning revolves around two power concerns: the supply and
    reliability of power, and maintaining efficiency to minimize the power
    requirements of the data centre;
  oDemand for new data centres is highest among businesses in the UK;
  oEstablished business centres remain the most popular locations for
    situating a new data centre, with London (29 percent), Paris (24 percent)
    and Frankfurt (21 percent) the top choices.

Commenting on the Campos survey findings, Bernard Geoghegan, Digital Realty
managing director, Europe, said, "Despite the influence of continuing economic
uncertainty in Europe, demand for data centre space remains strong. It seems
to suggest that adapting to these conditions and readying the organisations
for a return of improved economic conditions can be well served through IT
and the data centre. Security and disaster recovery requirements remain at the
forefront, particularly in light of recent global events, so it is critical
for suppliers to demonstrate a strong pedigree in being able to deliver
appropriate solutions."

The research report Multi-Tenant Datacenter Global Providers, published in
November 2012 by 451 Research, a division of global analyst and data company
The 451 Group, points to strong data centre growth trends in EMEA. According
to 451 Research, the four-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for
multi-tenant data centre revenue in EMEA through 2014 is expected to be 18
percent.

The Campos survey respondents indicate a preference for locating new data
centres in their own countries, however, they do not rule out North America
and APAC as possible locations.

  oFor over two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents, the priority is to add
    facilities within their own country;
  oJust under half of organisations surveyed (46 percent) intend to spread
    this expansion across at least two sites;
  oThe most important factors cited in choosing a data centre site were
    security and connectivity;
  oLondon, Paris, Frankfurt and New York were mentioned often as potential
    sites; Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area were mentioned occasionally;
    in APAC, Tokyo, Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong were mentioned.

For Further Information
A summary of the Campos Research & Analysis survey results can be found at the
company's 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. 201 respondents participated from large companies with annual revenues
of at least €500M/£500M and/or at least 2,000 employees (for Ireland and
Netherlands, €250M/£250M and/or at least 1,000 employees) and located in the
UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain or Ireland. Participants are
responsible for managing a data centre, contract execution for or implementing
a new data centre or expanding existing data centres within their
organisation. 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 centre
solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that
meet each customer's unique data centre 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 22.7 million square feet as of April 3, 2013,
including 2.4 million square feet of space held for development. 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 the results of our annual European
data centre demand survey, expected continued growth of data centre demand in
Europe and EMEA, the factors driving such demand, the data centre expansion
plans of other companies, expectations regarding the survey respondents'
demand for data centre space, reasons for data centre expansion, data centre
growth locations and projected multi-tenant data centre revenue growth in
EMEA. 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 developed properties or
businesses; the suitability of our properties and data centre infrastructure,
delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of our physical infrastructure
or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture
investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments;
delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental
rates or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of
data centre space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new
properties and space held for development; 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.
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                 Bernard Geoghegan
Chief Financial   Vice President, Investor Relations   Managing Director,EMEA
Officer and       and
Chief Investment  Corporate Marketing                  Digital Realty Trust,
Officer                                                Inc.
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