IBM Marks the 25th Anniversary of the First Large-Scale Software Development Facility in the World

Opens State-of-the-Art Design Center At Silicon Valley Lab Site -- Lab Inventions Revolutionized Financial Services, Travel Reservation, and Biotech Industries

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - 23 Sep 2002: The IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory today marked its 25th anniversary with an event that celebrated the first large-scale software development facility.

The lab also today 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 of the world's most prestigious technical experts in IBM's software and server groups. Customers can collaborate with IBM's best and brightest IT professionals worldwide, including IBM Fellows, Distinguished Engineers, and a deep pool of PhDs and other professionals.

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.

The IBM Design Centers provide customers with the technologies, resources and experience needed to develop an open, secure and integrated e-business infrastructure. IBM's technical experts work side by side with customers to help them address these issues through the design and prototyping of advanced e-business solutions. Customers can simulate transactions, perform stress tests, survey problems, and identify solutions in real time.

The event featured special guests State Senator Tom McClintock, San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzalez, Assemblyman Kevin Shelley, Assemblywoman Elaine Alquist, IBM Data Management General Manager Janet Perna, and IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory General Manager Tom Rosamilia.

Silicon Valley Roots
Opened in 1977 on 90 acres in San Jose, CA, the facility was the first software development lab of its kind. Today it is home to more than 2,000 IBM employees involved in the development of leading-edge software technology.

The lab's track record of landmark achievements include:

The lab's current work in database technology includes:

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