Our movie reviewer writes: HP has turned disaster flic maker and put out a Disaster-proof Data Centre video. This environmentally very unfriendly destruction of a data centre appears to show HM committing double piscecide, with two goldfish, named Smoky and Flame, blown to smithereens.

It's with relief that I can report that they, along with the datacentre, failed over successfully, in their case to a new fish tank.

The video is made with deliberate irony and features sysadms and other assorted IT staff wearing white coats. They set up a data centre with four servers: Open VMS; Non-Stop; Red Hat Linux; and HP-UX, connected to a new XP24000 storage array. This is connected by ProCurve switches to a failover datacentre that could be hundreds of miles away, but is actually on a nearbye lot I suspect.

After carefully putting a fish tank containing two goldfish on a table by these servers the HP people simulated a gas pipe explosion and blew several thousand dollars worth of kit sky-high. (This is not possible in Europe where the WEEE directive specifies the authorised methods for IT kit disposal. Open air explosions are not a recognised or designated means of dealing with e-waste.)

There was a huge explosion and the fish tank was instantaneously turned into several million bits of metal, glass, assorted fish tank furniture and, presumably billions of gold fish molecules. The white-coated destruction crew from HP whooped with joy and then watched the screens showing how the active sessions on the four servers were automatically failed over to the alternate data centre with the slowest, Linux of course, taking only two minutes.

I got the impression that Non-Stop was so fast it failed over before the blast but I could be wrong. Well that was it. The sound track stops and methinks it's thank you and so long to the fish. But then words appears and the narrator talks about no additional warranty implications, about how customers are not recommended to do this themselves and, finally, regaining HP's pro-life credentials, stating that no humans, animals or fish were harmed in this little explosive video clip.

Whew, major PR disaster averted.