Digital Realty Trust partners with IBM

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a manager and owner of corporate and internet gateway datacentres, today announced that it has completed a Turn-Key Datacentre lease agreement with IBM, a provider of IT infrastructure services. The company states that under this agreement, IBM will establish a new hosting datacentre in its property located in suburban Paris.

It explains that this new datacentre is an example of its initiative in advancing the energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of datacentre facilities. This new Turn-Key Datacentre will be the first release of the new POD Architecture design in Paris. POD Architecture design configuration and construction methodology developed by Digital Realty Trust promotes the energy efficiency needed for green datacentre operation.

"We are very pleased to establish our relationship with IBM in France with this new Turn-Key Datacentre agreement," said Bernard Geoghegan, Senior Vice President, Europe of Digital Realty Trust. "In terms of speed to market, with our Turn-Key Datacentre product based on our POD Architecture we are able to meet the datacentre requirements of customers such as IBM in six to eight weeks from the time we come to an agreement -- well ahead of current industry standards."

"Even in today's challenging economic climate, the Paris market is seeing constant and steady demand. The price of power in France combined with our energy efficient design makes our Paris facility a preferred infrastructure solution for many large customers and system integrators," added Geoghegan.

"IBM understands the value of green datacentre design both in terms of the impact on the bottom line and its importance for corporate responsibility. It is great to work with a company such as Digital Realty Trust that is taking such a forward-looking approach to energy efficient datacentre design," commented Francois Domine, Directeur IBM Business Continuity & Security Services IBM Global Technology Services -- France Northwest Africa.

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