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October 28, 2014

QTS Federal Cloud Enters FedRAMP Ready Status

Cloud Service Provider Shows Significant FedRAMP Readiness
Overland Park, Kansas (October 28, 2014) – QTS Realty Trust’s (NYSE: QTS) Federal Cloud is now FedRAMP Ready, a new category in The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP Ready identifies cloud service providers who are ready to initiate a FedRAMP assessment by government customers. QTS is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and managed services, and has become a leader in security and compliance.

The QTS Federal Cloud is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that meets the security and performance needs of government agencies' mission-critical applications. Housed in QTS’ compliant, mega-data centers in Richmond and Atlanta, the QTS Federal Cloud is built on best-of-breed technologies that federal agencies are already familiar with, including VMware, EMC and Cisco, making the solution easy to integrate with private VMware environments.

“Security and compliance are top priorities for QTS and we are proud to be among the first cloud service providers on the FedRAMP Ready list,” said John Lind, Vice President of Federal Sales – QTS. “We have applied our rigorous approach to all aspects of the QTS Federal Cloud and look forward to working with Federal agencies that are seeking to assess and authorize a highly-secure, scalable, high-performing cloud solution.”

In order to be considered FedRAMP Ready, systems must initiate a review of their documentation with the FedRAMP program management office (PMO). At a minimum, systems must go through the FedRAMP PMO Readiness Review. Systems in this category cover a range of documentation and assessment results from FedRAMP accredited Third-Party Assessment Organizations (3PAO). QTS is in the process of submitting a full range of documentation and accredited assessment results from Veris Group, a leading, accredited 3PAO.

“We are excited to highlight service providers like QTS in the FedRAMP-ready category,” says Matthew Goodrich, Acting FedRAMP Director. “QTS has demonstrated their commitment to the Federal government and meeting the FedRAMP requirements. By being designated as FedRAMP Ready, the QTS Federal Cloud is positioned to quickly initiate an assessment and obtain a FedRAMP authority-to-operate (ATO) from a Federal agency customer.”

QTS launched the QTS Federal Cloud in early 2014 and is in process of completing its readiness review with the FedRAMP PMO. As a result of QTS’ FedRAMP Ready status, potential federal agency customers and authorizing officials will be able to more quickly initiate an assessment and authorization of the QTS Federal Cloud.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services and a leader in security and compliance. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center products, including custom data center (C1), colocation (C2) and cloud and managed services (C3), providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving hybrid infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. With 12 data centers in eight states, QTS owns, operates and manages approximately 4.7 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 850 customers. QTS' Critical Facility Management (CFM) can provide increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information about QTS, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.
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