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Survey: European Data Center Pros Worried About Green Regulations

London, UK - May 13, 2009 - An independent survey of senior datacentre professionals from across Europe carried out on behalf of Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR), the world's leading wholesale datacentre provider, has revealed heightened concerns about government regulation in the European datacentre industry. Nearly 70 percent of companies surveyed reported that they are extremely concerned or very concerned with the potential impact of Green regulations on data centres.

"This survey clearly shows that there is a high level of concern about the impact of Green regulations on datacentre facilities. While the new Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) regulations in the E.U. address a number of questions about the new rules, new concerns about how companies will achieve compliance have arisen.

That uncertainty is reflected in these results in terms of how the new rules will impact operations, finance and customer relations," said Jim Smith, CTO of Digital Realty Trust.
The survey is thought to be one of the most exhaustive to date across the European datacentre market. People surveyed were restricted to a minimum of Director level in IT, MIS, IS or finance and they needed to represent companies with either ???500M or ??500M annual revenues or 2,500+ employees. They also had to be responsible for managing a datacentre, implementing a new datacentre, executing contracts for a new datacentre or expanding existing datacentres. The survey was concluded at the end of March by Campos Research.

Other findings from the study include the following:

??? 60 percent of surveyed companies now have Green datacentre strategies in place

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