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"Aruba ClearPass has improved the security control in our network environment.""The initial setup was straightforward.""Aruba has improved my organization because it supported me on my level of access.""We can double verify whether a machine is compliant with our policy on the one hand, and on the other hand if it's one of our machines we let it into the network.""The most valuable feature is flexibility as it supports solutions from multiple vendors.""It's very easy to access support and the documentation is self-explanatory.""A mature and functional product.""We find that at the end of the projects we manage, all functionalities perform quite well. We've tested it a lot and find it to be overall a very good solution."

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"For device administration, all devices have multifactor authentication in collaboration with IT, so it secures access to all of our devices. For guest and wireless access, it's a matter of a lowly manager who we give access to the portal and he can assign access to the guests, so it's a very simple process now. It keeps the IT focusing on their work, and gives the business people the right access.""We have multiple metal devices from different places that use management, so we need to know who would be accessing all those devices and what changes are being done to those metal devices. With Cisco ISE we have visibility of all the changes happening on those devices.""The initial setup was easy. It took around one month. We did the installation part within half an hour to two hours but we found a couple of issues so we raised a case and once everything was resolved it was a month in total.""It is scalable because we use a network load balancer at the front of the PSN. It can be extended as we want to multiply. It's scalable to our environment. We have around 8,000 users and we are planning to expand it.""After the product was installed, no one could access the secure connection network. In order for any laptop or any endpoint device to attach to my network, it needs to be authorized or be certified to be connected.""For guests we give them limited access to the internet when they come in so that access has been useful. Previously, we just used to give them the APN key which they would leave with. Now, we give them credentials to use that are for a limited period of time.""Visitors can be granted access to the wifi network using their cellphones, notebooks or tablets in a very easy way. The ease of accessibility that anyone can have to the network is very quick and is a big improvement in our network.""In terms of scalability, you need to factor in your licenses. With a virtual platform, the scalability is more than sufficient. We have over one thousand users."

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"Configuration should be more easy to understand between the link of two topics.""I would like the area of managing wired technology to be improved. Wireless is very good but I'm still struggling a bit to do my end to end configurations in the wired technology area.""Aruba needs to improve and the processes must be clear.""The user interface should be improved. The logs and how the logging mechanism works can also use an upgrade.""The interface could be made easier and more intuitive.""In the future, I would like to see plugins for AI and machine learning.""Some functions could be improved.""The solution needs to upgrade its user interface. Right now, it's not so user friendly, and it's an aspect that my clients' wish was improved upon."

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"The compliance and posture don't always work. They should make it more stable. With each upgrade, we lose some functionality. We have to wait for another upgrade.""Support and integration for the active devices needs to be worked on. Their features mainly work well with Mac devices. If we use an HP the Mac functionalities may no longer be able to deliver.""Since we have started, we struggled a lot to implement this solution into our network, and we opened a case a couple of times. Up until this point, nothing else needs to be improved with this product.""They should improve the upgrades. It's not easy to upgrade the solution.""I would rate this solution a 7.5 out of ten. To make it a ten they should have more people on tech support. They need to invest more in the product. It's a good product. They should just work on tech support. More support for the customer. It's not that easy to get somebody to understand this product. I have had some issues with tech before for the solution. One of them brought the solution down due to some of his activity. They need to hugely invest in their tech support.""In order to make it a ten, it should be more user-friendly. You need somebody who is knowledgeable about it to use it. It's not easy to use. We have to rely heavily on technical support.""There should be an easier way to do the upgrades. There are a lot of steps to get to the next version from the previous version which ends up being a bit of the headache with the upgrade.""There can be a little bit more integration between the controller management and ISE. There are two dashboards, you have the controller dashboards, and you have the ISE dashboard it would is a way to maybe integrate that into one. That would be great. It's not that bad. It would be easier if it could be combined into one dashboard."

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"We pay an annual licensing fee for Aruba and there are no additional costs.""The pricing is not bad and everything is included."

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"If you go directly with Cisco for the implementation it's very, very expensive.""The SMARTnet technical support is available at an additional cost.""For the Avast virus scan, we pay around USD $95 per machine for five years which includes all updates and technical support.""The price for Cisco ISE is high.""The price can be lower, especially for subscriptions. It should be a lot cheaper to have a wide range of customers. The price should be comparable to competitive products like Forescout or Fortinet FortiNAC. Forescout is cheaper for customers looking for a cloud solution.""There are other cheaper options available."

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Top Answer: I've done quite a lot of work with ClearPass, and not a lot with FortiNAC/Bradford. ClearPass incorporates a number of different functions including ClearPass Guest for creating complex wireless… more »
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ClearPass Policy Manager provides secure network access in a world made up of mobile and IoT devices. It features ultra-scalable AAA with RADIUS and uses contextual data based on every user and device to enforce adaptive policies for wireless, wired or VPN access. 

Identity Services Engine is a security policy management platform that automates and enforces context-aware security access to network resources. It delivers superior user and device visibility to support enterprise mobility experiences and to control access. It shares data with integrated partner solutions to accelerate their capabilities to identify, mitigate, and remediate threats.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba ClearPass vs. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Aruba ClearPass is ranked 3rd in Network Access Control with 10 reviews while Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 23 reviews. Aruba ClearPass is rated 8.8, while Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba ClearPass writes "Excellent for securing local networks, very stable, and easily scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "We've experienced first-hand the reliable protection provided against malware and ransomware". Aruba ClearPass is most compared with Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Portnox CORE, Sophos Network Access Control and Ruckus Cloudpath, whereas Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, CyberArk PAS and Symantec Privileged Access Manager. See our Aruba ClearPass vs. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) report.

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