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Tuesday, August 13 2019 - 09:00
Digital Realty Expands IBM Cloud's Direct Link Reach and Capabilities in Sydney
SYDNEY, Aug. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Connection to IBM Cloud Expected to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption for 
Digital Realty's Australian Customer Base

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) ( 
), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection 
solutions, and an IBM Cloud Direct Link partner, announced today expanded 
access to IBM Cloud in Australia through the availability of IBM Cloud Direct 
Link Dedicating Hosting services in Sydney.  The expansion in Sydney is 
expected to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption for local enterprises and enable 
them to take the next step in their hybrid cloud journeys.

Australian customers can now access the IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting 
service through Digital Realty's 3.5-hectare data center campus ( 
) on Templar Road in Erskine Park.  The new low-latency service provides 
high-speed access to the IBM Cloud in Sydney with speeds up to 10 Gbit/s.  The 
IBM Cloud data center is collocated on the Digital Realty campus in Sydney, 
further reducing latency for high-performance use cases.

Customers have access to a variety of connectivity options across Digital 
Realty's global data center footprint, including IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect, 
IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated, and in select metros (now including Sydney), 
IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting.  More information on per-site 
connectivity options is available on the Digital Realty IBM Direct Link 
partnership page:

"We are the first data center provider to offer IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated 
Hosting, and currently the only data center provider to offer IBM Direct Link 
Connect," said Digital Realty Chief Technology Officer Chris Sharp. "The 
flexibility of offering customers multiple options enables them to choose the 
level of service they need to help meet their specific speed, deployment and 
location requirements. Combined with Digital Realty's Service Exchange, 
customers can also take advantage of on-demand network functionality powered by 

By utilizing the IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect, customers are able to establish 
virtual connections bolstering the value of hybrid applications supported in 
Digital Realty's data centers.

"Today's enterprise is looking for the competitive advantages that a hybrid 
cloud strategy can offer," said Michael Fork, Distinguished Engineer & 
Director, Offering Management IBM Cloud. "This means companies need integrated 
and holistically managed clouds – both on and off premises and across different 
clouds – with the networking support required for fast, reliable and secure 
data movement and processing. Through this expanded offering, Digital Realty is 
providing their customers with a new on-ramp to the IBM Cloud and our suite of 
higher value services like AI, blockchain, analytics, IoT and quantum."

"We have supported IBM Cloud Direct Link since 2015 to provide our customers 
with private, secure connections that simplify network topology, future-proof 
customer solutions, move workloads closer to the cloud and create true hybrid 
multi-cloud architectures," added Sharp. "Working with IBM means we are able to 
solve the complexities of managing workloads across a variety of cloud services 
and infrastructures."

Digital Realty currently has nine global locations ( 
) that can be utilized for low-latency colocation, privately connected to IBM 
Cloud via the IBM Direct Link Dedicated Hosting offering.  Recent testing ( 
) conducted by third-party experts found a sharp increase in the performance of 
hybrid cloud environments when comparing the Digital Realty-enabled IBM Direct 
Link offering to the public Internet.  The real-world tests, conducted by 
Krystallize Technologies, show that Direct Link provides application access 
with more than 55 times the throughput and less than one-fiftieth the latency 
of the Internet.  

Digital Realty is a preferred global destination for enterprises to deploy, 
connect and integrate their distributed IT platform with IBM to scale digital 
business, with 220 data centers across 14 countries over five continents.  

Supporting Resources:

   -- Learn more about IBM Cloud Direct Link:
   -- Watch leaders from Digital Realty and Megaport explain Service Exchange
      in this video:

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection 
strategies of more than 2,000 firms across its highly-secure, network-rich 
portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Latin 
America, Asia and Australia.  Digital Realty's clients include domestic and 
international companies of all sizes, ranging from cloud and information 
technology services, communications and social networking to financial 
services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products.  Follow Digital Realty on social media:  LinkedIn ( 
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For Additional Information
Andrew P. Power
Chief Financial Officer
Digital Realty
+1(415) 738-6500

Investor Relations
John J. Stewart
Digital Realty
+1(415) 738-6500 

Media Inquiries
John Christiansen / Scott Lindlaw
Sard Verbinnen & Co.
+1(415) 618-8750

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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 IBM, the expected benefits and 
timing of our IBM products offerings in Australia, Digital Realty's Service 
Exchange and expected performance benefits.  These risks and uncertainties 
include, among others, the following:  reduced demand for data centers or 
decreases in information technology spending; decreased rental rates, increased 
operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available 
supply of data center space; the suitability of our data centers and data 
center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity or availability of 
power, or failures or breaches of our physical and information security 
infrastructure or services; our dependence upon significant customers, 
bankruptcy or insolvency of a major customer or a significant number of smaller 
customers, or defaults on or non-renewal of leases by customers; breaches of 
our obligations or restrictions under our contracts with our customers; our 
inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development 
space, and delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; the impact 
of current global and local economic, credit and market conditions; our 
inability to retain data center space that we lease or sublease from third 
parties; difficulties managing an international business and acquiring or 
operating properties in foreign jurisdictions and unfamiliar metropolitan 
areas; our failure to realize the intended benefits from, or disruptions to our 
plans and operations or unknown or contingent liabilities related to, our 
recent acquisitions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired 
or developed properties or businesses; difficulties in identifying properties 
to acquire and completing acquisitions; risks related to joint venture 
investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; 
risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including 
re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, 
adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms 
contained in our loan facilities and agreements; our failure to obtain 
necessary debt and equity financing, and our dependence on external sources of 
capital; financial market fluctuations and changes in foreign currency exchange 
rates; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the 
industry sectors that we sell to, including risks relating to decreasing real 
estate valuations and impairment charges and goodwill and other intangible 
asset impairment charges; our inability to manage our growth effectively; 
losses in excess of our insurance coverage; environmental liabilities and risks 
related to natural disasters; our inability to comply with rules and 
regulations applicable to our Company; our failure to maintain our status as a 
REIT for federal income tax purposes; our operating partnership's failure to 
qualify as a partnership for federal income tax purposes; restrictions on our 
ability to engage in certain business activities; and changes in local, state, 
federal and international laws and regulations, including related to taxation, 
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 U.S. Securities and Exchange 
Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year 
ended December 31, 2018 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended 
March 31, 2019.  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.

SOURCE: Digital Realty