"Delivering 'five nines' of uptime for the 11th straight year demonstrates our commitment to resiliency and to serving as a true business partner to all our customers, from enterprises to telecommunications customers and leading cloud service providers," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer. "We are especially proud of this milestone given our rapid growth and we remain focused on ensuring that all of our facilities around the world meet the same stringent standards for design, construction and operations."
Digital Realty recently surpassed 1.7 billion operating minutes across its 205 data centers, encompassing approximately 27 million square feet across 33 metropolitan areas globally. Over the past 11 years, the number of data center suites operated by Digital Realty has grown from 74 suites at the start of 2007 to more than 750 by the end of 2017.
"Our unwavering commitment to resiliency is the bedrock for all Digital Realty's offerings, from interconnected scale, with options ranging from a single rack up to multiple megawatts, to the ability to connect directly, privately and securely to any combination of public, private and hybrid cloud offerings," said Erich Sanchack, Digital Realty's Executive Vice President of Operations.
Digital Realty's ability to maintain consistent uptime over the past 11 years is due to its selection of strategic locations, robust data center designs and outstanding staff, in addition to the company's rigorous operational processes and procedures. Digital Realty data centers have maintained consistent uptime even when major storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Sandy have left large swaths of the surrounding regions without power.
"We are very pleased with our design, construction and operations teams, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our customers maintain uptime, even in the face of extreme weather events such as the recent storms on the East Coast of the U.S., in Ireland, and elsewhere around the world," said Danny Lane, Senior Vice President of Data Center Operations.
Uptime metrics are based on a comprehensive evaluation of data center suites owned and operated by Digital Realty worldwide, using standard industry methodology. Total operational minutes were prorated per year for each data center suite, beginning on the commissioning date, from the start of 2007 through 2017.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 2,300 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.
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