Compare Aruba ClearPass vs. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)

Aruba ClearPass is ranked 2nd in Network Access Control with 8 reviews while Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 16 reviews. Aruba ClearPass is rated 9.2, while Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba ClearPass writes "Enables us to double verify whether a machine is compliant with our policy ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "All devices have multifactor authentication in collaboration with IT which secures access to all our devices". Aruba ClearPass is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), ForeScout CounterACT and FortiNAC, whereas Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, ForeScout CounterACT and CyberArk PAS. See our Aruba ClearPass vs. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) report.
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba ClearPass vs. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
390,810 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

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.Aruba has improved my organization because it supported me on my level of access.The initial setup was straightforward.Aruba ClearPass has improved the security control in our network environment.We are able to satisfy many different organizational needs because of its flexibility.It eliminated the management of 10 different individual discrete RADIUS servers.Its clustering model saved us staff time and reduced errors by eliminating the need to manage individual RADIUS servers.It has an easy to learn web GUI and ​command lines.​

Read more »

Using this solution gives us the ability to allow proper access to the network.The biggest value of ISE is that it can get so granular with gaming systems, versus IoT and BYOD.Easy to use and provides good supportThe best feature of the Cisco ISE platform is that it is compatible with Microsoft products.We found that the most valuable features associated with this tool are posture assessment, policy management, VLAN assignments, guest assignment, and BYOD services. In addition to these services, the Cisco IOS software switch configuration feature is another very valuable aspect of the policy and compliance solution.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.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.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.

Read more »

The user interface should be improved. The logs and how the logging mechanism works can also use an upgrade.Aruba needs to improve and the processes must be clear.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.Configuration should be more easy to understand between the link of two topics.The product's graphical user interface (GUI) could use an update and better integration between the guest management and policy management interfaces.​​The AirWave Dashboard heat maps could be better designed.Instructions on adding layouts are not as clear as they could be.​I would like to see is “AAS”. Not only Aruba APs with central, but NAC/ClearPass, AirWave, and everything licensed as a Service. This way, like AWS, they can spin up what they need when they need it and vice versa.

Read more »

There should be a single button that can be pressed to dismiss all of the alarms at once.I'd like to see an easier way to upgrade to larger versions, as well as more best practices that are easier to locate on their support page.An area that could be improved is the agent. The challenge now is that agent and most of the computers have changed. They could think about agent-less deployment.Cisco ISE is complex. The deployment and design of networks with it is so complex. If it could change it would be better.There are issues with respect to the posture assessment function. It's been observed that customers are not receiving total access to the network because the assessment agent is glitchy and malfunctions from time-to-time. I would like to see refining of the compliance assessment and adding more detailed compliance of endpoints on the user end.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.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.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.

Read more »

Pricing and Cost Advice
We pay an annual licensing fee for Aruba and there are no additional costs.​Cost is important. I switched because Aruba's costs were well below Cisco's.Licensing and pricing are extremely straightforward.Run a 90 day free Proof of Concept (POC) for each product by implementing and using it fully in your environment. This way you will be educated on its features, functionality, and manageability.​

Read more »

If you go directly with Cisco for the implementation it's very, very expensive.

Read more »

Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Network Access Control solutions are best for your needs.
390,810 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Answers from the Community
Miriam Tover
author avatarPatrcik Grater

Aruba ClearPass and CISCO ISE are both very basic authentication and guest portal platforms. There is almost no difference between the two. I would only recommend them in situations where there were minimal and basic requirements on the wireless network. Never for a wired NAC deployment. Your colleague should be looking at Forescout which is a much better platform than Aruba and CISCO.

Average Words per Review
Avg. Rating
Average Words per Review
Avg. Rating
Top Comparisons
Compared 10% of the time.
Also Known As
Avenda eTIPSCisco ISE
Aruba Networks

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.
Learn more about Aruba ClearPass
Learn more about Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)
Sample Customers
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life CommunitiesAegean Motorway, BC Hydro, Beachbody, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Cisco IT, Derby City Council, Global Banking Customer, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, Houston Methodist, Linz AG, London Hydro, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Molina Healthcare, MST Systems, New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Reykjavik University, Wildau University
Top Industries
Energy/Utilities Company23%
Manufacturing Company15%
Comms Service Provider15%
Software R&D Company21%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Comms Service Provider29%
Financial Services Firm7%
Software R&D Company26%
Comms Service Provider19%
Manufacturing Company8%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba ClearPass vs. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
390,810 professionals have used our research since 2012.
We monitor all Network Access Control reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.