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  • 7 November 2012 08:32

Digital Realty opens first Sydney data centre

Digital Erskine Park offers customers industry-leading PUEs

SYDNEY, November 7, 2012. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data centre solutions, announced today that it has opened Digital Erskine Park, its first facility in Sydney, with phase one of the development project now fully commissioned.

“The opening of Digital Erskine Park is a key milestone for our growth in the Asia Pacific region,” said Michael F. Foust, CEO at Digital Realty. “This marks our first operational data centre in Australia with a second facility under construction in Melbourne that is 100% pre-leased to NAB. These facilities are important additions to our Asia Pacific portfolio that includes Singapore and Hong Kong. Our ability to continue to meet both the regional and global requirements of our customers is a key component of our growth in strategic markets such as Sydney.”

Phase one of the 8,020 square metre data centre facility consists of the first two of four planned 1440 kW Turn-Key FlexSM PODs. These first two PODs have demonstrated an industry-leading power utilization efficiency (PUE) of 1.25 in full economisation mode.

“We are pleased with the energy-efficient commissioning results at our Sydney data centre,” said Kris Kumar, Senior Vice President and Regional Head, Asia Pacific at Digital Realty. “We pride ourselves in being able to leverage our design, construction and operational experience across different markets in order to deliver a consistent customer experience throughout our global portfolio.”

“A PUE number of 1.25 means a sizeable reduction in total operating costs for our customers,” said Adil Attlassy, Vice President of Technology at Digital Realty. “This figure can further be enhanced by the adoption of hot or cold aisle containment. We anticipate our customers in Sydney will be interested in working with us to maximize the level of energy efficiency within their data centres.”

Digital Erskine Park is an Uptime Institute Tier III certified, LEED “Gold” standard data centre facility with roof-top free-cooling air handling units operating in an N+1 configuration per 1440kW Turn-Key Flex POD. The facility reflects the latest advancements in efficient data centre design, enabling very favourable PUE, while supporting a flexible approach to customers’ operations. The built-in cooling infrastructure can natively support both enclosed hot- or cold- aisle cooling using outside-air free-cooling, in favourable climatic conditions, for greater power efficiency as well as an open architecture-based cooling approach. Digital Realty's Turn-Key Flex data centre solution is a modular approach to delivering secure, enterprise quality data centre space to meet customers' just-in-time requirements. Designed to provide maximum flexibility, reliability and efficiency, each Turn-Key Flex facility comes fully commissioned with dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure. Utilising Digital Realty's proprietary POD Architecture® and extensive supply chain, Digital Realty's next generation Turn-Key Flex solution is designed for the future and ready today.

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 110 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 21.2 million square feet as of October 26, 2012, including 2.2 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

Safe Harbour 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 data centre in Sydney, expected PUE, development plans and expected size of the new facility, and expansion in the Asia Pacific region. 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 centre 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, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and June 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 Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer Digital Realty Trust, Inc. +1 (415) 738-6500

Pamela M. Garibaldi Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Marketing Digital Realty Trust, Inc. +1 (415) 738-6500

Kris Kumar Senior Vice President and Regional Head Asia Pacific Digital Realty Trust, Inc. +65 6597 7088

David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd, for Digital Realty Trust, Inc. +61.2.4341 5021

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