Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Michael Manos Joins Digital Realty Trust





SAN FRANCISCO, April 8 /PRNewswire/ --

- Manos to Serve as Senior Vice President of Technical Services

    Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the world's largest wholesale
datacenter provider, announced today that Michael Manos is joining the
Company to serve as its Senior Vice President of Technical Services. Manos
joins Digital Realty Trust from Microsoft where he was General Manager of
Data Center Services and was responsible for datacenter architecture,
construction, design, operations and research for all Microsoft datacenters
around the world. In his new position at Digital Realty Trust, Manos will
oversee datacenter design and construction across the Company's global
portfolio of properties as well as oversee Technical Operations for the
organization. Manos will also spearhead the launch of a new professional
services offering that the Company will unveil shortly.



    "If one were to make a list of the smartest, most respected and most
influential people in the datacenter industry, Mike would no doubt be on
everyone's list and we are proud to have him join our team," said Michael F.
Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust. "We've had the opportunity to collaborate
with Mike on numerous occasions through our work with Microsoft, and he
shares our belief in the importance of advancing industrialization of the
datacenter and the adoption of best practices. Mike was a tremendous
innovator at Microsoft, and his role here at Digital Realty Trust will have
an even bigger impact by enabling our customers to directly take advantage of
his broad expertise in datacenter architecture, construction and operations."



    "During my time at Microsoft, I have been able to devote a significant
portion of my time to industry education concerning datacenters, including
development of industry standards and shaping the way companies design and
build datacenters. That has been very rewarding. One of the most appealing
aspects about joining Digital Realty Trust is that I will be able to do that
on an even larger scale," said Manos. "Digital Realty Trust has been leading
a quiet revolution in the datacenter field that is impacting companies
everywhere. It has assembled an incredibly talented team of experts in
datacenter construction, energy efficiency and operations who have been on
the front line of modernizing the way people around the world design and run
datacenters. Joining Digital Realty Trust gives me a unique opportunity to
play a significant role in creating this new vision of the datacenter and
bringing those advancements to the industry as a whole. It's a very exciting
time to be in the datacenter field and an exciting time to be on the Digital
Realty Trust team."



    Prior to joining Microsoft, Manos managed datacenter and network
operations for the Disney's Internet business unit, which included properties
such as Disney.com, ESPN.COM, ABC.COM and Disney Park and Resorts. He has
also held technology executive positions at Nuclio Corporation (which was
acquired by Sun Microsystems), Rhythms NetConnections (acquired by Verizon),
and O/E Systems. Manos attended the Illinois Institute of Technology and
maintains multiple industry technical certifications.



About Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

    Digital Realty Trust owns, acquires, redevelops, develops and manages
technology-related real estate. The Company is focused on providing Turn-Key
Datacenter(SM) and Powered Base Building(SM) datacenter 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 75 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 datacenter
tenants. Comprising approximately 13.0 million square feet as of February 26,
2009, including 1.6 million square feet of space held for redevelopment,
Digital Realty Trust's portfolio is located in 27 markets throughout Europe
and North America. For additional information, please visit Digital Realty
Trust's website at http://www.digitalrealtytrust.com.



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current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ
materially, including statements related to. These risks and uncertainties
include the impact of the current deterioration in the global economy,
including the turmoil in the financial and credit markets; the downturn of
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; decreases in real estate valuations and
resulting impairment charges; our dependence upon significant tenants;
bankruptcy or insolvency of one or more major tenants 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 for refinancing current
debt obligations, undertaking or completing redevelopment, completing
acquisitions or other purposes; increased interest rates and operating costs;
our failure to repay debt when due or our breach of covenants or other terms
contained in our loan documents; financial market fluctuations; changes in
foreign currency exchange rates; our ability to manage our growth
effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign
jurisdictions; our failure to successfully operate acquired or redeveloped
properties; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result
of our lack of control of certain of these 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
center space; inability to successfully redevelop 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 public 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; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related
to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; 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, 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.


    
    For Additional Information:

    A. William Stein
    Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer
    Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
    +1-415-738-6500

    Pamela A. Matthews
    Investor/Analyst Information
    Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
    +1-415-738-6500

    Chris Crosby
    Sales & Technical Services
    Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
    +1-214-231-1350