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Digital Realty Trust Inc DLR

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Reliance on Edge Computing Will Develop Slowly; Opportunity Modest for Infrastructure Providers

Matthew Dolgin, CFA Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Matthew Dolgin, CFA |

The potential of edge computing has caused excitement across multiple industries. We believe edge computing is relevant and real, but we don't believe it will upend historical network architectures or completely change the landscape for communications infrastructure businesses--towers, data centers, and network carriers.

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Digital Realty owns and operates nearly 300 data centers worldwide. It has more than 35 million rentable square feet across five continents. Digital's offerings range from retail co-location, where an enterprise may rent a single cabinet and rely on Digital to provide all the accommodations, to "cold shells," where hyperscale cloud service providers can simply rent much, or all, of a barren, power-connected building. In recent years, Digital Realty has de-emphasized cold shells and now primarily provides higher-level service to tenants, which outsource their related IT needs to Digital. Digital Realty has also moved more into the co-location business, increasingly serving enterprises and facilitating network connections. Digital Realty operates as a real estate investment trust.

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Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 3200
San Francisco, CA, 94111
T +1 415 738-6500
Sector Real Estate
Industry REIT - Office
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Stock Type Hard Assets
Employees 2,878