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Ever want to shoot your disk array?

In the interests of self-promotion, Hewlett-Packard shot its high-end XP12000 storage system with a high-powered rifle.

The advertisement, housed at YouTube, shows white-coated engineers shooting a bullet through the refrigerator-sized disk array (and an adjacent fish tank) to demonstrate the system's reliability.

However, frustrated sysadmins should be cautioned against trying the technique, even if frustrated by traditional system management software.

"HP specifically does not warrant that the HP XP Disk Array can perform under a similar environment," the company warns in legal boilerplate accompanying the ad. "HP shall not be liable for any damages, including loss of profits, business interruption or property damage if you perform a similar test."