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San Francisco, California – (The Hosting News) – March 25, 2009 – An independent survey commissioned by Digital Realty Trust, has reported that over 80 percent of U.S. companies are planning near-term data center projects, as budgets increase almost 7 percent.

The study is based on a detailed survey of senior decision makers at large corporation in North America who are responsible for shaping their companies’ datacenter strategies. The research was conducted for Digital Realty Trust by the respected research firm Campos Research and Analysis. Digital Realty Trust released the results of a similar study of the European datacenter market last month and highlights of that study are available on the Company’s website.

Chris Crosby, Senior Vice President of Digital Realty Trust remarked, ”Based on the results of this study, we expect to see sustained demand for datacenter facilities in 2009 and 2010 as companies implement these plans to expand their IT infrastructure. One finding that may surprise people is that companies are increasing their datacenter budgets in 2009. This is a reflection of how companies view their datacenters as critical assets for increasing productivity while reducing costs. Also interesting are the parallels between this U.S. study and the European study we reported last month, with 4 out of 5 companies planning near-term datacenter projects in both markets.”

Key findings of the new study include:

—84 percent of surveyed companies are planning datacenter expansions in the next 12-24 months.
—64 percent of surveyed companies with plans to expand in 2009 are planning to expand in two or more locations.
—Surveyed companies plan to increase datacenter spending by an average of 6.6 percent in 2009.
—Datacenters account for an average of 35 percent of overall IT budgets for surveyed companies.

Other findings of the study include:

—Space requirements for datacenters continue to grow, increasing 16 percent from 2008 to an average of 21,000 square feet in 2009.
—70 percent of surveyed companies meter power usage in their datacenters, indicating that energy usage measurement has become the rule rather than the exception.
—80 percent of surveyed companies report that their current datacenter facilities have a PUE energy efficiency rating of 2.0 or more and 26 percent report PUE of 3.0 of higher – indicating that current facilities are not highly energy efficient.

Mr. Crosby added, ”The responses to our questions about PUE ratings are noteworthy because they indicate that PUE has wide acceptance as a methodology for measuring datacenter efficiency. With so many current facilities having PUE metrics above 2 and 3, there is a significant opportunity for companies to reduce their energy costs by implementing energy efficiency initiatives or moving to a datacenter facility with a lower PUE rating.”

Metrics reported in this study are based on web-based surveys of 300 IT decision makers at large corporations in North America with annual revenues of at least $1.0 billion and/or at least 5000+ employees. All survey participants are directly involved in the process of managing corporate data centers, executing contracts for new datacenters, implementing new datacenters or expanding existing datacenters. All participants were senior level executives, including CxOs, in IT, MIS, IS or Finance. The survey was conducted in January 2009.

Campos Research and Analysis conducts consumer research and business-to-business research, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies, to address the business issues of client companies. Campos Research and Analysis was founded in 1988 by Rusty Campos. Ellen Campos became a principal in the firm in 2000. Between them, the principals have nearly 50 years of research experience, both client-side in Fortune 500 companies and supply-side with Honomichl 50 market research companies.

Digital Realty Trust owns, acquires, redevelops, develops and manages technology-related real estate. The Company is focused on providing Turn-Key DatacenterSM and Powered Base BuildingSM 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.

To learn more about Campos Research and Analysis, please visit: www.cr-a.com.

For additional information, please visit: www.digitalrealtytrust.com.

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