Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Digital Realty Trust Wins Datacentre Leaders' A...

SAN FRANCISCO, January 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the world's largest wholesale
datacentre provider, has been recognised for "Innovation in an Outsourced
Environment" by the prestigious Datacentre Leaders' 2008 Awards. Digital
Realty Trust received the honor for a Turn-Key Datacentre(TM) that Digital
Realty Trust delivered to IBM to support growth of the company's hosting
business in France.

    The Datacentre Leaders' Awards recognise innovation and reward excellence
in facility design and operations in the U.K. and across Europe. Winners of
the Datacentre Leaders' 2008 Awards were announced at a ceremony on 17
December at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel. The annual awards are issued by
DatacenterDynamics (, which hosts a global series
of conferences and educational forums for professionals involved in the
design, construction and operation of 24/7 mission critical IT facilities.

    "It is an honor to receive this award, particularly for this project with
IBM. By establishing its new datacentre in our Turn-Key Datacentre facility
in Paris, IBM was able to eliminate capital requirements and meet all of its
rigorous technical and financial objectives for the project," said Bernard
Geoghegan, Senior Vice President at Digital Realty Trust. "We are also proud
of this award because it recognises our expertise in datacentre design using
environmentally sustainable development methods as well as our
industry-leading approach to maximising energy efficiency."

    Digital Realty Trust Turn-Key Datacentre(TM) facilities provide
state-of-the-art environments for supporting mission critical infrastructure,
with advanced cooling, power, redundancy, and sustainability features to
ensure that critical applications are available while optimising energy
efficiency. Digital Realty Trust's Turn-Key Datacentres(TM) are scalable from
hundreds of kilowatts of IT Load to megawatts of IT load and are located in
markets throughout North America and Europe. Each Turn-Key Datacentre(TM)
facility is physically secure and features a state-of-the-art power and
cooling architecture that has been optimised for green operation. Every
Turn-Key Datacentre(TM) is built using the company's proprietary POD
Architecture(TM) and uses metered power to ensure that clients pay only for
the power that they use.

About The Datacentre Leaders' Awards

    The Datacentre Leaders' Awards were launched in 2007 by
DatacenterDynamics Ltd. in order to recognise innovation and reward
excellence in facility design and operations not only in the UK but across
Europe. The Datacentre Leaders' Awards are an opportunity to showcase the
professionalism and ingenuity of this important sector. This Awards programme
is about individuals and teams, the people who make this industry what it is
today, not just about products and technologies. As well as offering peer
recognition, the Awards are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate industry
best practice. For more information, visit

About Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

    Digital Realty Trust, Inc. owns, acquires, redevelops, develops and
manages technology-related real estate. The Company is focused on providing
Turn-Key Datacentre(TM) and Powered Base Building(TM) datacentre solutions
for domestic and international tenants across a variety of industry verticals
ranging from information technology and internet enterprises, to
manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty Trust's 74 properties,
excluding one property held as an investment in an unconsolidated joint
venture, contain applications and operations critical to the day-to-day
operations of technology industry tenants and corporate enterprise datacentre
tenants. Comprising approximately 1.2 million rentable square metres (12.9
million rentable square feet) as of November 5, 2008, including 150,000
square metres (1.6 million square feet) of space held for redevelopment,
Digital Realty Trust's portfolio is located in 27 markets throughout North
America and Europe. For additional information, please visit Digital Realty
Trust's website at

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    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. These risks and uncertainties include adverse economic or real
estate developments in the Company's markets; general economic slow-downs or
recessions; reductions in information technology spending; difficulties in or
inability to lease space, including redeveloped space; construction and
development delays or increased costs of construction; tenant bankruptcies or
defaults under leases by tenants; failure to commence rental payments on time
under signed leases; increased interest rates; increased operating costs;
failure to obtain necessary outside financing; decreased rental rates or
increased vacancy rates; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire
and completing acquisitions at all or at acceptable return levels; failure to
successfully operate acquired properties; failure of acquired or redeveloped
properties to perform as expected; reductions in property values; failure to
maintain the Company's status as a REIT; environmental uncertainties and
risks related to natural disasters; financial market fluctuations; changes in
foreign currency exchange rates; risks of operating in foreign markets; and
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 United States
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and the Company's quarterly
reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2008, June 30, 2008 and
September 30, 2008. 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.

    A. William Stein
    Chief Financial Officer and
    Chief Investment Officer
    Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

    Pamela A. Matthews
    Investor/Analyst Information
    Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

    Chris Crosby
    Sales & Technical Services
    Digital Realty Trust, Inc.