Digital Realty to acquire 49% interest in Westin Building Exchange in Seattle

Digital Realty to acquire 49% interest in Westin Building Exchange in Seattle
Westin Building Exchange in Seattle Photo:Courtesy of Clise Properties

Digital Realty has signed an agreement with Clise Properties to acquire a 49% ownership interest in the Westin Building Exchange in Seattle, Washington.  

The Westin Building Exchange in Seattle serves as the primary interconnection hub for the Pacic Northwest, linking Canada, Alaska and Asia along the Pacic Rim. The building is the sixth most densely interconnected facility in North America, and is home to leading global cloud, content and interconnection providers, housing over 150 carriers and more than 10,000 cross-connects.

The 34-story tower is adjacent to Amazon’s 4.1 million square foot urban campus and overlooks Elliott Bay as well as the downtown Seattle skyline. 

“This investment represents a signicant step towards executing on the PlatformDIGITAL™ roadmap we introduced last November, adding coverage, capacity and connectivity capabilities to enable our customers’ digital transformation strategies,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Ocer A. William Stein.  

“This linchpin asset gives us the opportunity to fully leverage our robust business infrastructure and open up a full suite of enterprise IT solutions to our global customer base.  This transaction further strengthens our interconnection platform and demonstrates our commitment to accelerating digital business on PlatformDIGITAL™.” 

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Digital Realty said its investment in the Westin Building will unlock new possibilities for customers to scale digital transformation by removing data gravity barriers.

The Westin Building Exchange sits at the digital crossroads of the Pacific Northwest and provides direct and virtual access to one of the richest communities of cloud and network providers, powered by Digital Realty’s Service Exchange.  When fully integrated into PlatformDIGITAL™, the Westin Building Exchange will play a strategic role in addressing customers’ coverage, capacity and ecosystem connectivity needs with a single data center provider. 

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the rst half of 2020.  Upon closing, Digital Realty will assume management and operational oversight for the facility.