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Digital Realty Introduces Digital Open Internet Exchange Environment



     Digital Realty Introduces Digital Open Internet Exchange Environment

Revolutionary open-interconnect and Internet peering environment strengthens
global ecosystem

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 22, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:
DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, today announced the
launch of Digital Open Internet Exchange, a global, first of its kind in North
America, open-interconnect and peering environment that aims to accommodate
the Internet community's demand for more independent and cost-effective
exchange options. The initiative is expected to strengthen the company's
global ecosystem.

"Digital Open Internet Exchange is a game-changer for the entire IP and
networking community, and for our customers," said Michael Foust, Chief
Executive Officer at Digital Realty. "By creating a truly open Internet
exchange environment, we are supporting the community's desire for neutral
exchanges that are more efficient and cost-effective than those available
today. The end result for our customers will be immediate access to enhanced
interconnectivity and Internet peering capabilities across the more than 30
markets in our global portfolio."

A critical component of the Digital Realty Ecosystem, Digital Open Internet
Exchange provides the Internet community with the necessary data center
infrastructure to support its global initiatives around developing truly
neutral and member-governed Internet exchanges, a model that has proven
successful across Europe. The company is expected to operate as an endorsed
data center partner with the governing bodies and endorsed IXPs (internet
exchange providers) of Internet exchanges in each of the major exchange
locations in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The initial
rollout for Digital Open Internet Exchange will take place in the New York
metro area and Northern Virginia, followed by deployment in several other U.S.
markets.

"We understand that the costs and limitations associated with connecting to
the existing Internet exchanges in the U.S., as well as peer-to-peer
interconnecting, are simply too high." said John Sarkis, Vice President of
Connectivity and Carrier Operations at Digital Realty. "This initiative
establishes the optimal exchange environment, making it possible for Internet
service providers (ISPs), content delivery networks (CDNs) and content
producers to interconnect with their peers as well as to other exchanges from
our data centers at a significantly lower cost than they pay today, while also
improving the quality of service they can provide to customers. By empowering
the community to take control of the way it operates the exchanges, we will
enable organizations within business ecosystems—like-minded and vertical
industries—to connect with each other in and across all of Digital Realty's
120-plus global locations."

The Digital Realty Ecosystem provides customers with a neutral, efficient and
connectivity-rich environment to connect with carriers, business partners and
service providers. It also provides an underlying, redundant infrastructure
for carriers and service providers to deliver their entire portfolio of
products and services to customers in any Digital Realty data center, without
capital-intensive deployment costs.

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 127 properties,
including three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint
ventures, comprise approximately 23.7 million square feet as of June 30, 2013,
including 2.8 million square feet of space held for development. Digital
Realty's portfolio is located in 32 markets throughout North America, Europe,
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 Digital Open Internet Exchange and
Digital Realty Ecosystem; expected impact of Digital Open Internet Exchange,
including cost savings and improved quality of service; and expected
deployment of Digital Open Internet Exchange. 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 center 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 center 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 and Quarterly Reports on
Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013.  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
Chief Investment Officer    Investor Relations
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.

Website: http://www.digitalrealtytrust.com
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