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Thursday 18 September, 2008

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Digital Realty Trust Datacentre for HSBC Earns ...

SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON, September 18 /PRNewswire/ --

    - This BREEAM Certification for Design and Procurement is Industry First
for Green Datacentres

    Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the leading owner and manager of
corporate and Internet gateway datacentres, announced today that a datacentre
it is building for HSBC (NYSE: HBC) has earned the first BREEAM 'Excellent'
rating in the United Kingdom under the Building Research Establishment's
prestigious environmental certification program. The 'Excellent' rating for
bespoke design and procurement is the highest available rating through BREEAM
certification. This certification -- the first in the UK datacentre industry
-- recognises the energy efficiency and environmentally sound construction
and operations practices of a new 10,000 square metre datacentre being built
for HSBC, the global banking and financial services institution. The
development site in the South of England was acquired by Digital Realty Trust
in April 2007 and the datacentre facility is being developed by Digital
Realty Trust to support HSBC's global computing infrastructure. Digital
Realty Trust partnered with CHt Data Solutions of the Laing O'Rourke Group
( to construct the facility.

    BREEAM is a leading environmental assessment method for buildings in the
UK. This recognition for the HSBC datacentre has followed two years of
assessments on sustainability initiatives, innovative design and project
management. Digital Realty Trust and HSBC estimate significant energy savings
and resultant reduction in power cost and CO2 emissions from this datacentre.

    "We are very proud of this datacentre and proud that it has been
recognised as the first to meet the very high environmental standards of the
BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The collaboration between HSBC, Digital Realty
Trust and the Laing O'Rourke Group has been excellent on this important
project, and we believe this facility sets a new standard for datacentres in
Europe," said Bernard Geoghegan, Senior Vice President of Digital Realty
Trust Europe. "This is the latest in a long list of industry firsts that
Digital Realty Trust has achieved for energy efficiency and environmental
responsibility in the datacentre field. We were the first company to achieve
LEED Gold certification for a datacentre in the United States, the first
company to adopt the Green Grid's PUE energy efficiency measurement protocol,
and the first company to publicly publish energy efficiency data about its
facilities. We continue to be a leader in educating datacentre professionals
about best practices that achieve dramatic energy savings and cost savings
for their companies."

    The building initially consisted of a pad foundation arrangement
requiring extensive excavation and transport of virgin material. Re-use of
the existing ground slab from a previous building became a possibility soon
after project commencement, offering significant recycled aggregate benefits.
Fill material produced on site could be utilised in conjunction with the
existing slab, thereby reducing waste, material usage and costs. Materials
for the project were responsibly sourced both on site via fill recycling and
from audited suppliers. Tracing the project supply chain back to materials
source and ensuring those suppliers held ISO14001 certification, secured
additional BREEAM points.

    Digital Realty Trust has built custom datacentres for numerous global
companies, including financial services companies that have very specific,
complex datacentre requirements for the high-volume, low-latency computing
systems. Digital Realty Trust manages all build-to-suit datacentre projects
using its proprietary Gating Process(TM) which ensures delivery of custom
datacentre projects through the timely, efficient coordination of all
processes involved in design and construction while optimising costs. Unlike
traditional development methods for build-to-suit projects, Digital Realty
Trust's Gating Process(TM) provides customers with transparency and inputs at
key stages of the project -- from scope and schematic through commissioning
and completion -- ensuring that the finished datacentre facility supports the
unique needs of each organisation.

About HSBC Holdings plc

    HSBC Holdings plc serves more than 100 million customers worldwide
through 9,500 offices in 85 countries and territories in Europe,
Asia-Pacific, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of some
US$2,547 billion at 30 June 2008, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking
and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as 'the
world's local bank'.

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 12.9 million rentable square feet as of
August 6, 2008, including 1.9 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

About Laing O'Rourke

    Laing O'Rourke is a total solutions provider to the built environment
operating across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia, with an order
book in excess of pounds Sterling 10 billion. Through its 31,000-strong
directly employed labour force, Laing O'Rourke provides programme leadership
and innovative technology-led delivery resources to some of the most
challenging construction projects in the world including Heathrow Terminal 5,
the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (St Pancras) and Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi. CHt
Data Solutions was established as a business in December 2006. With a unique
reputation for being different and capable, it has an extensive portfolio of
major data centres. It is part of Crown House Technologies -- the
international building technologies business within the Laing O'Rourke Group.
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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, including statements regarding potential energy savings. These
risks and uncertainties include adverse economic or real estate developments
in the Company's markets or the technology industry; general economic
conditions or recession; construction and development delays, termination of
leases by tenants; increased interest rates and operating costs; inability to
manage domestic; failure to obtain necessary outside financing; decreased
rental rates or increased vacancy rates; difficulties in identifying
properties to acquire and completing acquisitions at acceptable return
levels; failure to successfully operate acquired properties and operations;
failure of acquired properties to perform as expected; failure to
successfully redevelop properties acquired for such purposes or unexpected
costs related thereto; 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, or SEC,
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 and June 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                       Pamela A. Matthews             
     Chief Financial Officer and            Investor/Analyst Information        
     Chief Investment Officer               Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
     Digital Realty Trust, Inc.             +1-415-738-6500

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

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