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Demand for Data Centres Continues to Rise in Singapore with Expansion Plans for 2013 and Beyond

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (PR Newswire) - 24 June 2013


Demand for Data Centres Continues to Rise in Singapore with Expansion Plans for 2013 and Beyond

Independent study commissioned by Digital Realty reveals that three out of four IT decision makers inSingapore participating in survey intend to expand their data centres

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc.( ) (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data centre solutions, cited a recent research study indicating that 78 percent of Singapore's IT decision makers who participated in the survey plan to definitely or probably expand their data centres in 2013, with 82 percent planning for 2014. More than two thirds of the respondents who plan to expand this year prefer to locate their new data centres in Singapore as compared to other countries in the region. The research, conducted by Campos Analysis & Research on behalf of Digital Realty, indicates that 83 percent will use a partner for design and build or to lease wholesale space, or both.

Of the Singapore-based respondents in the survey, 11 percent cited owning six or more data centres. Approximately 67 percent said they had built a new data centre in the past 24 months. Of those with plans to expand in 2013, 61 percent say they plan to expand in more than one location.

Commenting on the survey results, Kris Kumar, Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Asia Pacificfor Digital Realty, said, "It is clear that Singapore's data centre users are driving their expansion initiatives forward to manage the exponential growth in IT applications and data storage. With the high costs of individual new construction and the limited number of appropriate new sites, IT decision makers see the value of working with a data centre provider such as Digital Realty to fulfill these requirements."

The average desired space and power requirements for data centre expansion initiatives are 14,000 square feet and 5.4kW per rack respectively. The research also indicates that the respondents' need to track and manage data centre power usage effectiveness (PUE) has increased over the last year. Most companies (80 percent) likely to expand in 2013 are extremely or very confident that they can comply with future energy (86 percent) or carbon emission regulations (82 percent).

"The continued focus on energy efficiency will drive change in the type of requirements customers have for their data centres," explained Kumar. "This will highlight the capabilities of solution providers, such as Digital Realty, that can deliver data centre designs that are not only resilient, but also extremely efficient."

For Further Information

A summary of the Campos survey results can be found at the company's Knowledge Center ) via the "Thought Leadership" dropdown menu.

About the Methodology

Research was commissioned by Digital Realty and carried out independently by Campos Research & Analysis. Results of this study are based on surveys of 100 Singaporean IT decision makers at large corporations with annual revenues of at least US$500M and/or at least 2,000 employees. All survey participants are directly involved in the process of managing, executing contracts for, implementing or expanding existing data centres. All participants were executives or senior level management, including CxOs, in IT, MIS, IS, Real Estate or Finance. The survey was conducted in January 2013.

About Campos Research & Analysis

Campos Research & Analysis conducts consumer research and business-to-business research, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies, to address the business issues of client companies. Campos Research & 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. For more information, visit

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.( ) focuses on delivering customer driven data centre solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer's unique data centre needs. Digital Realty's customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty's 122 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 22.7 million square feet as of April 26, 2013, including 2.6 million square feet of space held for development. Digital Realty's portfolio is located in 32 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

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to Digital Realty's survey results, demand for data centres in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, plans for data centre expansion, use of a partner in data centre expansion, expected space and power requirements in future data centre expansions, compliance with future regulations on power usage and carbon emissions, and impact of monitoring and managing energy use. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of the recent deterioration in global economic, credit and market conditions, including the downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating; current local economic conditions in its geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in its industry or the industry sectors that it sells to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); its 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; its failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; increased interest rates and operating costs; risks associated with using debt to fund its business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, its failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in its credit ratings or its breach of covenants or other terms contained in its loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; its inability to manage its growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; its failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of its properties and data centre infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of its physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of its lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data centre space; its inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and space held for development; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; its inability to acquire off-market properties; its inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; its failure to maintain its status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on its ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of its 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 Digital Realty Trust, Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Digital Realty