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Press Release -- August 20th, 2014
Source: Digital Realty Trust

Digital Realty and CenturyLink Technology Solutions Data Centre Obtains Uptime Institute Tier III Certification for Facility Construction

First and only Uptime Institute ‘Facility Construction’ certified building in Hong Kong

Hong Kong – August 19 , 2014Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data centre solutions, and CenturyLink Technology Solutions, a CenturyLink company (NYSE: CTL) and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, today received The Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification of Facility Construction for their joint venture’s data centre located in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong. The data centre is Hong Kong’s first and only Uptime Institute certified constructed facility in Hong Kong.

To achieve the certification, the data centre must prove that concurrent maintainability is available to all the elements serving the critical environment, among other requirements. The Uptime Institute verifies both the design documents and the constructed facility and also performs specific tests to demonstrate compliance with the tier requirements. Tier certification from The Uptime Institute assures businesses that all elements of the critical infrastructure of a data centre are capable of enterprise-grade performance.

A. William Stein, Digital Realty interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer said, “The Hong Kong facility is one of 20 new Digital Realty data centre projects worldwide for which we have contracted with The Uptime Institute in order to achieve Tier III Design and Facility Certification. This reflects our commitment to provide our clients with resilient and reliable data centre solutions globally.”

“Now that we are certified for both our design documents and facility construction, clients in Hong Kong can be confident they will have access to state-of-the-art data centre infrastructure that also ensures 99.999 per cent uptime, excellent connectivity and robust security measures,” added Kris Kumar, senior vice president and regional head, Asia Pacific at Digital Realty.

“The attainment of this certification re-enforces our commitment to deliver world-class data centre capabilities to our customers, offering the level of enterprise grade services that CenturyLink provides today in its 56 data centres worldwide,” added Gery Messer, managing director, Asia Pacific at CenturyLink Technology Solutions.

The joint venture’s Tseung Kwan O data centre obtained The Uptime Institute certification for its design documents in June 2013. The data centre officially launched in November 2013.

For further information, please contact:
Jihann Pedersen
Marketing Director
Digital Realty
+65 (6505) 3951
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.
About CenturyLink Technology Solutions
CenturyLink Technology Solutions delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit
About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit
Safe Harbor Statement
This media alert contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including statements related to the joint venture’s Hong Kong facility and the Uptime Institute certification. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; decreases in information technology spending; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to; risks related to our tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities; financial market fluctuations; our inability to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of our properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of our physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; and changes in laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation. 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 the Digital Realty Trust, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2013 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2014. 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.

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