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Digital Realty Receives Open-IX Certification for Four Data Centers in North America

Digital Realty ecosystem provides Open-IX connectivity for additional 15 data centers

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the global data center and colocation company, announced today that it has received Open-IX certification for four of the company's data centers: 111 8th Ave. in New York; 365 Main St. in San Francisco; 2260 E. El Segundo Blvd. in Los Angeles; and 850 E. Collins in Dallas. Clients will also have access to Open-IX from an additional 15 Digital Realty data centers through the Digital Realty ecosystem.

Additionally, Digital Realty is in the planning stages to obtain Open-IX certification for facilities in Chicago and Ashburn.

Interim CEO Bill Stein commented, "Digital Realty has been a strong advocate of providing the market with a more neutral and accessible internet exchange environment. We are delighted that we can now offer our clients access to our Open-IX certification in many of our North American properties. We will continue our commitment to the Open-IX community and internet exchange providers to extend and support a carrier- and ISP-positive environment."

The Open-IX Association is encouraging a more mutual and open model of internet exchanges, and interconnection within data centers, by issuing certification to IXP's and data center providers who meet the standards set by the community.

"The ultimate objective of Open-IX is to reduce interconnection complexity and the associated costs to users in North America, similar to Europe, where the neutral and distributed internet exchange model is very common," added John Sarkis, Digital Realty Vice President of Connectivity. "Everyone benefits – our clients, their customers, and their end users – by having a more open internet exchange environment, bringing new levels of efficiency and resilience to all involved."

Link to services and pricing on Digital Realty website.

Link to video of John Sarkis discussing the Digital Realty open internet exchange environment.

Link to photo of Digital Realty datacenter at 365 Main St. in San Francisco.

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 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 Open-IX

The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community-derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the United States. OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet exchanges in North America while promoting uniform, cost-efficient standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community. The association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve IX performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets. The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community in the United States, including Paul L. Andersen,; Donald S. Clark; Dan Golding; Martin Hannigan; Keith Mitchell; David Temkin; and Barry Tishgart. More information about OIX is available at www.open-ix.org .

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 Open-IX certification of our facilities and plans to obtain certification at additional facilities. 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.  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,

Senior Vice President

Chief Financial Officer and

Investor Relations

Chief Investment Officer

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

 +1 (415) 738-6500

+1 (415) 738-6500


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