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SAN FRANCISCO-Digital Realty Trust Inc. has agreed to outsource the operation of certain of its facilities in 10 of its 56 buildings. The locally based public company is outsourcing the operation of its “Meet-Me-Room” facilities, which provide customers with fully managed environments for establishing interconnections between the networks of leading Internet companies, enterprises and global telecommunications providers.

Digital Realty is outsourcing the operation of the facilities to the Tel(x) Group Inc., a company that focuses exclusively on operating such facilities. The agreement calls for the company to lease and be the exclusive manager of the Meet-Me-Rooms in 10 Digital Realty Trust facilities in the US.

Digital Realty CEO Michael Foust calls the company’s Meet-Me-Rooms “an ancillary part” of its business. Outsourcing the operation of the facilities to a specialist will enhance the tenants’ experience while allowing Digital Realty Trust to focus on its core business of building, owning and managing datacenter facilities.

The Meet-Me-Rooms being handed over to Tel(x) are located in Digital Realty datacenters in Weehawken, NJ (300 Boulevard East); Charlotte (113 North Myers St.); Miami (36 NE 2nd St.); Chicago (350 East Cermak Rd and 600 South Federal); Dallas (2323 Bryan St.); San Francisco (200 Paul Ave.); Los Angeles (600 West 7th St.); Santa Clara, CA (1100 Space Park Dr.); and Phoenix (120 East Van Buren St.).

The financial details of the agreement were not detailed in a press release or the associated SEC filing. A company representative did not return a Monday phone call seeking additional detail.

Also Monday, Digital Realty announced that Global Innovation Partners LLC has sold 3.3 million shares of Digital Realty common stock to Merrill Lynch & Co. The shares have been reoffered by Merrill Lynch & Co. to the public at approximately $36 per share. The company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares. Shares of Digital Realty fell 67 cents to close at $36.55 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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