AT&T Boosts Colocation Footprint By Joining Forces With Digital Realty

Alliance Deepens AT&T NetBond® Ecosystem with New Deployments Planned Across Expanded Data Center Network

Dec 09, 2015, 08:00 ET from AT&T Inc.

DALLAS and SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T and Digital Realty are broadening AT&T's colocation service offerings by expanding their alliance, enabling AT&T to incorporate Digital Realty colocation capacity directly into its solutions. The alliance will span Digital Realty's global portfolio of data centers, enhancing AT&T's existing product offerings of network and managed services. This complements AT&T's existing Colocation Services network of 38 locations in 16 countries.

AT&T and Digital Realty will work together to deliver colocation services. The two companies will also extend AT&T NetBond®, AT&T's leading cloud connectivity service, to key Digital Realty data centers.  This will allow AT&T to extend the reach of AT&T NetBond to existing and new cloud service providers. The deal adds Digital Realty to the robust AT&T NetBond ecosystem. Digital Realty's data center portfolio is built on a foundation of unrivaled real estate acumen and the company brings this expertise and its ecosystem of network-rich data centers to this alliance. 

During 2016, customers will be able to connect to the growing suite of AT&T NetBond cloud service providers from its locations within a Digital Realty data center, bringing more options for cloud connectivity. By utilizing AT&T NetBond for cloud connectivity, customers can improve end-to-end reliability and network security.

"The speed of business growth is outpacing IT. This is driving an insatiable appetite for data center capacity, bandwidth and cloud connectivity," says Rene Dufrene, associate vice president, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions. "This alliance with Digital Realty enables us to extend our product offerings enabled by Digital Realty's data center footprint and provide highly secure, high-performing and reliable connectivity to business workloads wherever they reside."

"We have enjoyed tremendous success in working together and today's alliance announcement highlights the opportunity for both AT&T and Digital Realty to help end-users deploy their IT workloads in our data centers via the colocation program and to provide greater performance, security and control via AT&T NetBond," said Bill Bradley, senior vice president of Partners and Alliances at Digital Realty. "We are looking forward to working together to deepen our relationship with AT&T, already one of our largest customers, as we continue to build out our network-rich ecosystem of datacenter solutions and network of partners to provide openness and choice to our end-users." 

AT&T NetBond by the Numbers:

  • Ecosystem members (13):  IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, HP, Blue Jeans Network, Sungard Availability Services, VMware, CSC, Box, Equinix, Cisco and Digital Realty  
  • More than 30 global cloud provider data center locations
  • 197 countries reached by AT&Ts Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN based services 

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We're the world's largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. In the U.S., our wireless network has the nation's strongest 4G LTE signal and most reliable 4G LTE. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

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*Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required.  Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries. 

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 1,000 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.  www.digitalrealty.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on 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 alliance with AT&T. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; current local economic conditions in Digital Realty's geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in Digital Realty's industry or the industry sectors that Digital Realty sells to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); Digital Realty's 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; Digital Realty's failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund Digital Realty's business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, Digital Realty's failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in Digital Realty's credit ratings or breach of covenants or other terms contained in Digital Realty's loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; Digital Realty's inability to manage growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; Digital Realty's failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of Digital Realty's properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of Digital Realty's physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of Digital Realty's lack of control of such 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; Digital Realty's inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; Digital Realty's inability to acquire off-market properties; Digital Realty's inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; Digital Realty's failure to maintain its status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on Digital Realty's ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of Digital Realty's 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 its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2015, June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015.  Digital Realty 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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