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Cisco meets 24

October 6, 2011
at 10:02 am PST

These just keep getting better! Reminiscent of Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian’s heroics on 24, check out the new animated mini-movie from Cisco in the continuing “Ike” series:

For those who may be unaware of the series, Ike Theodore (IT) Willis is the (mostly) silent IT guy who thwarts theft, fraud, and other calamities in a not-so-smooth fashion. He’s essentially James Bond’s awkward younger cousin who got an engineering degree instead of joining the British Secret Service. He’s a bit of an everyman, and especially relatable for those of us with a love for technology.

The videos have been widely viewed and praised for their quality animation, score, humor, and clever marketing of Cisco technology.

For example, as you saw in “Ike saves the bank and goes gaga for Penny.” Ike and Penny use Cisco Borderless Networks innovations around security (ISE), video (Medianet) and management (Prime) to once again save the day.

What I would like to see is an Ike movie set in a manufacturing plant. The possibilities are endless: an evil competitor tries to sabotage a production line, a mad scientist tries to inject a mind-control chemical into a soda bottling process…you get the idea.

If you want a good and entertaining display of Cisco technologies and solutions, then these videos can’t be beat. Personally, I’ve always been impressed that the protagonist holds the story together despite a non-speaking role.

And if you look closely below in “Meet Ike Theodore (IT) Willis — a New IT Hero,” you’ll see the Manufacturing team’s illustrious VP Marie Hattar playing the part of Ike’s boss. Which I guess kind of makes me Ike, then, doesn’t it?

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