DRT Study Shows Facilities Plan Green

Data center operator Digital Realty Trust announced on Wednesday that it will release a study next month which reveals more than half of large companies are in concrete planning stages to make their data centers "greener".

The report, released in mid-September, shows that approximately 55 percent of companies have established detailed strategies for ensuring their data centers are more energy efficient. The study surveyed senior and C-level executives, including CIOs, at 100 companies with at least $1 billion.

Turning data centers green helps companies save money on the bottom line, says Jim Smith, VP of engineering of Digital Realty Trust. He says that more than half of those surveyed are making green data center plans, ensuring that they have serious management support of such programs and are providing budgeting to green strategies. Additionally, sixty percent of those surveyed said their green strategy will become a contributing factor in vendor selection over the next two years.

Digital Realty Trust also announced it has acquired One Savvis Parkway (savvis.com), a five-story, 156,000 square foot office building located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, for $27.7 million. The building is 100 percent leased on a triple net basis through July 2017 to Savvis, and serves as its corporate headquarters and national Network Operations Center facility.

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