(The Hosting News) – Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the world’s largest wholesale datacenter provider, has begun a first-of-its-kind program in the datacenter industry that guarantees its Turn-Key Datacenters, Build-to-Suit Datacenters, and POD Architecture Services projects will be completed on time and on budget. This program makes Digital Realty Trust the only datacenter provider that offers this type of guarantee for its product line, eliminating the risks of cost overruns, contingency fees and schedule slippage for customers.
“Essentially, we are offering customers the industry’s first risk-free datacenter product line. Datacenter builds can be fraught with risk for customers that take a do-it-yourself approach to their data centers or that work with construction companies that do not specialize in data centers. Projects can often veer off course, leading to delays of months or years and cost overruns of millions or tens of millions of dollars. Digital Realty Trust’s guarantees eliminate those risks for our customers,” said Brent Behrman, Vice President of Global Sales at Digital Realty Trust.
A recent survey conducted by Data Center Knowledge illustrates the risks inherent in large-scale Do-it-Yourself (DIY) datacenter development projects. The survey of readers involved in recent datacenter projects showed that one fifth of all such datacenter projects were not completed on schedule. The survey also determined that one quarter of DIY datacenter projects went over budget with a sixth of them achieving overruns of a million dollars or more. The survey also determined that data centers built by in-house teams were twice as likely to have cost overruns between $1 million and $10 million as projects involving a wholesale datacenter provider.
“Designing and building data centers today is a complex process that has many inherent risks associated with it. For most IT organizations, planning, engineering and constructing these specialized facilities is a multi-year process that often results in budget overruns and delays in delivery,” said Michelle Bailey, Research Vice President for IDC’s Datacenter Trends Program. “Two key success factors in effective datacenter delivery are shortening time to market and injecting more predictability around the datacenter blueprint. The longer a datacenter project takes, the more likely it is to miss meeting corporate objectives and disrupting capacity planning models. Risk assessment and risk mitigation are therefore critical requirements for any company undertaking a datacenter project.”
“Providing customers with guaranteed pricing and delivery, even for custom projects, is unique in the industry,” said Dave Caron, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management at Digital Realty Trust. “Rather than take on the risks associated with a $10 million, $50 million or $100 million datacenter project, our ability to provide this guarantee program offers customers a clear, risk-free option.”
See our website at http://www.digitalrealtytrust.com for additional details on our guarantee program.
About Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. owns, acquires, redevelops, develops and manages technology-related real estate. The Company is focused on providing Turn-Key Datacenter(R) and Powered Base Building(R) datacenter solutions for domestic and international tenants across a variety of industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty Trust’s 95 properties, excluding one property held as an investment in an unconsolidated joint venture, contain applications and operations critical to the day-to-day operations of technology industry tenants and corporate enterprise datacenter tenants. Comprising approximately 16.7 million square feet as of August 30, 2010, including 2.1 million square feet of space held for redevelopment, Digital Realty Trust’s portfolio is located in 27 markets throughout Europe and North America. For additional information, please visit Digital Realty Trust’s website at http://www.digitalrealtytrust.com.