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Digital Realty celebrates 12th consecutive year of ‘five nines’

05 Mar 2019
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Data centre colocation and interconnection solutions provider Digital Realty has reached another milestone.

The company recently announced that it has achieved ‘five nines’ of uptime throughout 2018 - meaning 99.999 percent of availability for the year - for the 12th year in a row.

"Delivering 'five nines' of uptime for the 12th straight year demonstrates our commitment to resiliency and to serving as a true business partner to all our customers, from enterprises to telecommunications customers to leading cloud service providers," says Digital Realty chief executive officer A. William Stein.

"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 rigorous standards for design, construction and operations."

The company maintains a significant presence around the world while sparring with other global colocation giants like Equinix. According to Digital Realty, it surpassed US2.1 billion operating minutes across its 214 data centres, encompassing approximately 30 million square feet across 35 metropolitan areas globally.

Over the past 12 years, the number of data centre suites operated by Digital Realty has grown from 74 suites at the start of 2007 to more than 800 by the end of 2018.

"I am proud of our industry record on resiliency, which serves as the bedrock for all of our 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," says Digital Realty Operations executive vice president Erich Sanchack.

Uptime metrics are based on a comprehensive evaluation of data centre suites owned and operated by Digital Realty worldwide, using standard industry methodology. Total operational minutes were prorated per year for each data centre suite, beginning on the commissioning date, from the start of 2007 through 2018.