Level 3 and Digital Realty Join Forces to Provide Secure, High-Performance Network Access to Leading Cloud Services

  Level 3 and Digital Realty Join Forces to Provide Secure, High-Performance
                   Network Access to Leading Cloud Services

Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions Give Digital Realty Data Center Customers
Private Connectivity to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 29, 2014

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Level 3 Communications, Inc.
(NYSE: LVLT) announced today it will connect Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:
DLR) customers in 14 major markets in the U.S. and Europe to its growing cloud
ecosystem that includes Amazon Web Services (AWS Direct Connect) and Microsoft
Azure (ExpressRoute). Digital Realty looks to Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions
to provide its data center customers with secure, high-performance private
network access to cloud platforms. As a result of this relationship, Digital
Realty customers will gain the ability to migrate and operate
business-critical applications in a hybrid cloud environment that delivers
greater performance, security and flexibility.

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A hybrid cloud environment offers Digital Realty customers the ability to
centralize IT management and also gain the flexibility to respond to changing
business needs as a result of data and storage growth. For example, leveraging
Level 3's virtual private network services, Digital Realty customers can
dynamically scale their bandwidth and only pay for what they consume as demand
for computing capacity spikes, say during the holiday shopping season. In a
hybrid environment, transferring large data sets is expedited with greater
bandwidth capacity, which also improves the performance of real-time voice and
data feeds.

"This relationship with Level 3 enables us tofacilitate connections for our
clients to AWS or Azure globally with Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions in a
seamless and highly secure manner," said Digital Realty Interim CEO, Bill
Stein. "As our clients' capacity and connectivity needs grow, it's our goal to
facilitate their easy access to a broad range of solution providers. Our
alliance with Level 3 and their growing cloud ecosystem play a key role in the
breadth of support we can extend to our clients."

Through this alliance, Digital Realty can help its customers reduce costs
related to cloud adoption, improve application performance and provide the
ability to scale connections based on each customer's needs at any given time.
Additionally, Digital Realty customers will gain the flexibility to choose the
cloud model and cloud provider that best meets their needs, access bandwidth
dynamically and pay only for what they use. Bandwidth can be scaled more
quickly and efficiently, and customers can leverage the cost savings
associated with operating a hybrid cloud environment.

"We are proud to bring Digital Realty into our Cloud Connect Solutions
ecosystem. It affords both Digital Realty customers and Level 3 enterprise and
government customers greater utility as they migrate their applications to
cloud environments," saidAnthony Christie, chief marketing officer of Level
3."By providing a seamless bridge between Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and
Digital Realty data centers, we can help organizationstransform and scale
their IT and networking architecture. Enterprises need that level of
performance when connecting to the cloud."

About Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions
Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions offer the underlying network connectivity and
services for global enterprises to more effectively integrate the cloud into
their evolving IT architecture. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide
private network access to leading cloud and data center services to deliver
critical enterprise applications and information with greater performance,
security and flexibility than the public Internet or other networks. Level 3
Cloud Connect Solutions offer multiple ways to connect enterprises with cloud
and data center services, including MPLS/IPVPN, Virtual Private Line Service,
Ethernet Virtual Private Line, Ethernet Private Line and Wavelength services.
For more information about Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions, visit
www.level3.com/cloudconnectsolutions.

About Digital Realty Trust
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 financial services, cloud and information technology
services, to manufacturing, energy, health care and consumer products.
Digital Realty's 131 properties, including 12 properties held as investments
in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised approximately 24.5 million square
feet as of December 31, 2013, including approximately 1.8 million square feet
of space under active development and 1.3 million square feet of space held
for future development. Digital Realty's portfolio is located in 33 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
http://www.digitalrealty.com.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that
provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise,
government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure,
managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice
and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content
distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers
in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services
platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by
extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit
www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3
Communications, Level (3) andthe Level 3 Logo are either registered service
marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its
Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Any other service
names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the
trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are
provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Information under the caption "About Digital Realty Trust" has been provided
by Digital Realty Trust, which is solely responsible for its content.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and
are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These
forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject
to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside
Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could
prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited
to, the company's ability to: manage risks associated with continued
uncertainty in the global economy; increase revenue from its services to
realize its targets for financial and operating performance; maintain and
increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business
support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the
breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new
services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; manage
the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive;
defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage continued or
accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; obtain
capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network
with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified
management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions;
effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other
risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations;
mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and
conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information concerning these
and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be
evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation
to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events, or otherwise.

Contact Information
Media:                     Investors:
Michelle Baum             Mark Stoutenberg
+1 720-339-6483            +1 720-888-2518
Michelle.Baum@Level3.com   Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com
Rebecca Bergman
+1 415-848-9395
rbergman@digitalrealty.com

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SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Website: http://www.level3.com
 
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