The IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory marked its 25th anniversary with an event that celebrated the first large-scale software development facility. Opened in 1977 on 90 acres in San Jose, Calif., the facility was the first software development lab of its kind.

The lab unveiled the Silicon Valley's first IBM Design Center for e-business infrastructure, a 3,000 square foot, $2 million state-of-the-art facility where IBM's technical experts host IBM workshops for customers and collaborate with them to design and prototype new e-business solutions.

The Silicon Valley Lab was chosen to host the Design Center because of its existing expertise in DB2 databases, WebSphere infrastructure software, high-volume Web sites and electronic transaction processing. With its convenient Silicon Valley location, the Design Center provides local customers with easy access to technical resources, including more than 2,000 technical experts in IBM's software and server groups. Customers can collaborate with IBM's information technology (IT) professionals worldwide.

The next generation of e-business presents new IT challenges, such as growing transaction volumes, security and privacy concerns, disaster recovery requirements and the need for highly integrated, self-managing infrastructures.

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