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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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"When it works, it's great. It keeps things off the network which are supposed to be off the network.""The solution is good at giving a deep dive into each product. It tells you, for example, what is connected to the network. It gives us good reporting tools.""The initial setup was easy and straightforward.""The interface is good and simple to use.""The most valuable features of the solution are the user-friendliness, the graphical interface, and the technical support. The interface is very nice and the customization is good.""Compliance checks are a good feature. Compliance check is for windows updates and for antivirus updates, etc.""Provides containment and security and and carries out file analysis for cyber theft.""This solution is very easy to implement and use. The interface is user-friendly."

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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 technical support is bad. We've had to escalate to Tier 2 and Tier 3. My customer relationship manager on the other side of this has stopped returning phone calls and emails, because there has been such a constant back and forth.""I think the network devices need to give more information.""The dashboard needs to improve.""The course content could be improved, it's not that simple to work through.""For our organization and our clients, the price is the main concern. They should work to make it more competitive.""The implementation process needs improvement. Right now, it's somewhat complicated. They could create some templates to facilitate implementation. Right now everything is done manually, and it just takes a really long time at the initial setup.""Admin UI could be better matched and easier to use; it cannot work as a RADIUS server.""The reporting capability needs to be improved."

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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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"It's a subscription-based license, which is based on the usage and number of concurrent users.""The licensing fees are a little bit high.""The pricing is similar to that of other solutions."

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Answers from the Community
author avatarDarrel Lemler

We've deployed both over the years and we find ClearPass to be more flexible, much easier to configure and far better at Radius. Overall, we believe ClearPass is a more rounded product.

If you haven't engaged anyone to help in your configuration, we have someone working for us that's been configuring ClearPass since before it was called ClearPass (Avenda previously) and would be more than happy to assist.

author avatarHamed Wasel
Real User

We are using Aruba ClearPass in CCHE.

author avatarDmitrii Shorzhin

We use a Cisco-based solution.

author avatarreviewer1198536 (Product Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees)

I am not familiar with FortiNAC. We don’t use it. We use Aruba ClearPass and have been very satisfied with its functionality, simplicity, and security. We are also evaluating Cisco ISE but it is very expensive and works with a limited set of new Cisco switches only. My recommendation is to pick a hardware vendor-agnostic NAC solution like Aruba.

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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 »
Top Answer: It's very easy to access support and the documentation is self-explanatory.
Top Answer: The most valuable features are the ease of deployment and ease of use.
Top Answer: The pricing is similar to that of other solutions.
Top Answer: This solution could be more agile. The technical support is in need of improvement.
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Avenda eTIPSFortiNAC, Bradford Networks, Bradford Networks Sentry, Network Sentry Family
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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. 

The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, has made it necessary for organizations to improve their visibility into what is attached to their networks. They need to know every device and every user accessing their networks. IoT devices enable digital transformation initiatives and improve efficiency, flexibility, and optimization. However, they are inherently untrustworthy, with designs that prioritize low-cost over security. FortiNAC provides the network visibility to see everything connected to the network, as well as the ability to control those devices and users, including dynamic, automated responses.

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Sample Customers
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life CommunitiesIsavia, Pepperdine University, Medical University of South Carolina, Columbia University Medical Center, Utah Valley University
Top Industries
Energy/Utilities Company20%
Comms Service Provider20%
Manufacturing Company13%
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company20%
Financial Services Firm29%
K 12 Educational Company Or School14%
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company5%
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Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise37%
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise56%
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise29%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba ClearPass vs. Fortinet FortiNAC and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Aruba ClearPass is ranked 3rd in Network Access Control with 9 reviews while Fortinet FortiNAC is ranked 4th in Network Access Control with 11 reviews. Aruba ClearPass is rated 9.0, while Fortinet FortiNAC is rated 7.6. 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 Fortinet FortiNAC writes "Enhances the Security Fabric with visibility, control, and automated response for everything that connects to the network & protection against IoT threats extending control to third-party devices". Aruba ClearPass is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Forescout Platform, Portnox CORE, Sophos Network Access Control and Ruckus Cloudpath, whereas Fortinet FortiNAC is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Forescout Platform, Portnox CORE, Fortinet FortiClient and Sophos Network Access Control. See our Aruba ClearPass vs. Fortinet FortiNAC report.

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