Storage, CPU acceleration and WAN deceleration specialist Ouyloof has just launched its first product which could make data centres redundant.

Aimed at IT managers in large enterprises, the Lirpa 1 adds up 50 per cent to the performance of any server and storage node in the data centre, while simultaneously decreasing wide area network performance.

The system is based on the Intel Pentium 4 which, said the company, "assured its positioning with a strong value equation". Because no commercial product is currently using this particular chip, marketing manager Rollo Jones said that this meant it was cost-effective.

The company explained why it decelerates the WAN. "The problem with most data centres is that there's more incoming data than the systems inside can handle. So by slowing down the incoming information dynamically, according to load, it means that the systems inside are never overloaded."

According to Jones, this also means that data centre managers can apply for the energy efficiency marking as found on domestic appliances.

The way the Lirpa 1 works is that the P4 chips examines incoming data and diverts up to 50 per cent to a storage bucket code-named null. The company reckoned it already had serious interest from one British bank.

Jones said that the company had plans for systems that diverted up to 90 per cent of the data.

"Pretty soon, the data centre will be redundant," he said.