Digital Realty Trust, Inc. has signed a long-term, Build-to-Suit agreement in the third quarter of 2011 with NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) for a custom data center in Hillsboro, Oregon. NetApp is an industry leader in delivering innovative storage and data management solutions that help customers increase IT efficiency and flexibility to drive business success.

In conjunction with the Build-to-Suit agreement, Digital Realty acquired a 5.1 acre development site in the Hillsboro Enterprise Zone's North Industrial Area with utility power and telecommunications services already in place. The new 55,000 square foot Build-to-Suit facility to be constructed on the site will include 18,250 SF of technical space with 4.5 megawatts of IT power capacity for high-performance computing. Construction of the facility will occur in multiple phases, with the first phase scheduled for completion in August 2012.

"Our objective for this new facility was to obtain the most efficient and cost-effective data center possible, in the shortest time feasible," said Thom Bryant, vice president of Workplace Resources, NetApp. "Furthermore, NetApp already has a longstanding relationship with Oregon, and building this data center further strengthens our ongoing momentum and investment within the state."

"Our Build-to-Suit data center solution meets the specialized technical requirements of customers such as NetApp, while providing the customer with all the control of a do-it-yourself facility, and without the risks associated with a large-scale, capital-intensive data center construction project," said Brent Behrman, Senior Vice President, Sales at Digital Realty. "We are very pleased to be partnering with NetApp on this important project. We look forward to delivering the facility, which will play a critical role in the growth of their business."

The site for NetApp's new data center is located in Hillsboro's tech corridor along Evergreen Parkway in the city's North Industrial Area of the Hillsboro Enterprise Zone. The mild climate in northwest Oregon is ideal for airside economization, which uses outside air to cool the data center up to 10 months out of the year.

"We are very pleased to welcome NetApp and Digital Realty to Hillsboro," said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey. "Our infrastructure and attractive business environment have made Hillsboro the home to many well-known tech companies and their data centers."