New Rackspace Data Centre Recognised for Outstanding Green Data Centre Credentials

London – 12 June 2014 - Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data centre and colocation solutions, andRackspace Hosting® (NYSE: RAX) have been awarded Special Recognition for Outstanding Green Data Centre Credentials at the 7th Annual Global Data Centre and Cloud Awards.

The bespoke, 130,000 square foot data centre, located in Crawley, West Sussex, was designed in close collaboration between Digital Realty and Rackspace to meet the specific needs of Rackspace customers, encompassing energy consumption, availability and other design requirements.

The data centre facility makes use of innovative 'indirect outside air' cooling technology, without mechanical cooling. Delivering outstanding Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and a design BREEAM Certified Excellent, the energy required to operate the data centre is expected to be reduced by 80 per cent, setting a new benchmark for ‘green’ data centres in Europe. In addition, the design of the new data centre will be compatible with the Open Compute design framework changing the game in data centre operations.

“We are very proud to be involved in building one of the greenest data centres in Europe and delighted to be honoured with this special recognition,” said Gary Boyd, Senior Director, Data Centre Project Engineering at Rackspace. “Working closely with Digital Realty, we were able to factor in everything from minimising landfill and environmental impact during construction to using more efficient LED lighting and rainwater harvesting - all while delivering an exceptional data centre facility that meets the accessibility, availability and data management needs of our customers.”

“We are pleased to be recognised for our commitment to sustainable building practices and energy efficiency for this important project for Rackspace,” said Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, EMEA, for Digital Realty. “By collaborating with Rackspace, we were able to design and build a credentialed, next generation, ultra-efficient data centre while enabling our client to deliver cost effective cloud services to its customers across Europe.”

The Data Centre and Cloud awards celebrate the technical and commercial success of the data centre and cloud industry in Europe.  The award was announced on 11th June at a ceremony at Plaisterers' Hall, London.


About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best—whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. The company’s award-winning Fanatical Support® helps customers successfully architect, deploy and run their most critical applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data centre and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centres 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.