Annual Digital Realty Survey Finds Network Connectivity and Resiliency to be Top Data Center Priorities in North America

 Annual Digital Realty Survey Finds Network Connectivity and Resiliency to be
                 Top Data Center Priorities in North America

Survey Findings to be Presented on May 30th Webinar

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When making decisions about new
data center facility and colocation investments, business and IT leaders at
midmarket firms prioritize network connectivity options, resiliency levels,
and the level of control over the data center facility, according to a
commissioned survey conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Digital
Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR).

Digital Realty's 2014 survey of data center trends in North America focused on
midmarket firms (up to $500 million in revenue), whereas previous annual
surveys targeted global enterprise organizations ($1billion or greater in
revenue). The survey canvassed data center decision makers on a broad range of
topics, including current facilities and budgets, future plans and
influencers, and investment criteria.

Respondents identified network connectivity options, including carrier
availability and carrier density, as a top priority in data center investment
decisions (82 percent), followed by resiliency level and availability of the
data center facility (80 percent), the level of control over the facility (78
percent), and access to cloud and other partners (75 percent).

"We feel the results of this survey validate our understanding of the
requirements of our midmarket clients," said Digital Realty Interim CEO Bill
Stein. "Our midmarket clients are increasinglyseeking a single source for all
their data center requirements, including not just power, space, cooling, and
connectivity, but also access to strategic partners such as cloud services,
network services, and managed service providers. The recent introduction of
our Digital Partner Network, which was kicked off by our alliances with tw
telecom and Level 3 Communications connecting our facilities to Amazon Web
Services and Microsoft Azure, is an important step in this direction."

Strong Expansion Plans

Data center capacity is crucial to midmarket businesses for both internal and
external operations. Today, midmarket firms require multiple data center sites
to meet these requirements. More than one-third of the businesses surveyed (41
percent) have at least four data centers and the majority (53 percent) require
2,000 square feet or more of data center space. This includes both internally
owned data centers/server rooms as well as outsourced, hosted, and colocated
data centers.

When surveyed regarding their future plans for data center capacity planning,
respondents overwhelmingly (88 percent) indicated they are planning some form
of expansion within the next four years, either by provisioning a new site or
by expanding a current site.

Mr. Stein continued, "Data center demand continues to be robust. According to
IDC/EMC, the digital universe is doubling in size every two years, and is
expected to multiply tenfold by 2020. Our clients need data centers to support
this growth. Furthermore, it's interesting to note that more than 60 percent
of our first quarter lease signings were with cloud infrastructure providers;
cloud remains a key data center demand driver."

Webinar

Guest speaker Forrester Research, Inc. analyst Sophia Vargas and Digital
Realty Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Matt Miszewski will discuss
the survey findings in a 60-minute webinar on Friday, May 30 at 9:00 PT/ 12:00
ET. Please register for the webinar at
http://events.digitalrealty.com/forrester-webinar. The webinar will also be
available via a replay on the Digital Realty website.

Survey Details

In this Digital Realty-commissioned study, Forrester Research conducted an
online survey of 1,030 organizations in the US, UK, Singapore, Japan, Germany,
Hong Kong, France, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Ireland to evaluate
their data center investment plans and drivers. Survey participants included
senior-level decision makers in IT, finance, and line of business roles with
responsibility for data centers. Results of the North American portion of the
study are based on surveys of 233 senior-level North American decision makers
with responsibility for data centers at midmarket firms with up to $500
million in revenue. The study began in January 2014 and was completed in
February 2014.

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 financial services, cloud and information technology
services, to manufacturing, energy, health care and consumer products. Digital
Realty's 131 properties, including 13 properties held as investments in
unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 24.5 million square feet
as of March 31, 2014, including 1.3 million square feet of space under active
development and 1.4 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.

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 our 2014 survey of data center
trends in North America, expectations regarding future data center expansion
and spending, demand and demand drivers for data centers in North America, and
our strategy and plans. These risks and uncertainties include, among others,
the following: the impact of current global economic, credit and market
conditions; 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; 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, increased
operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available
supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease
new properties and development space; 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, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2013 and Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. 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                    John J. Stewart
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer             Investor Relations
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.          Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
+1 (415) 738-6500                   +1 (415) 738-6500
Media: pr@digitalrealty.com

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