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"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.""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.""The best feature of the Cisco ISE platform is that it is compatible with Microsoft products.""Easy to use and provides good support""The biggest value of ISE is that it can get so granular with gaming systems, versus IoT and BYOD.""Using this solution gives us the ability to allow proper access to the network.""The features that do work, work well, and we use it on a daily basis."

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"The solution was easy to deploy.""It helps the end users to work on the road without needing to set up all kinds of VPN connections""The most valuable feature is that it will use my credentials to access various parts of the infrastructure or other solutions, such as vRealize.""The most valuable feature is single sign-on.""The most valuable feature is the User Experience Designer, which has been very helpful for our project."

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"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.""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.""Cisco ISE is complex. The deployment and design of networks with it is so complex. If it could change it would be better.""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.""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.""There should be a single button that can be pressed to dismiss all of the alarms at once.""The interface is not very user-friendly and it is not simple to use."

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"The security features could always use improvement, although there has already been a huge improvement from years ago.""it's very dependent on an active directory""Many of the features that exist in Active Directory do not exist in Identity Manager, which means that people depend on Active Directory.""We have a lot of problems when it comes to integrating with Active Directory.""I would like to have better support for multi-cloud sessions."

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"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.""The price is okay.""I think licensing costs roughly $2,000 a year. ISE is more expensive than Network Access Control.""I think the price is okay."

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"We pay approximately $6.50 per user for the standard version. If you are paying for an enterprise license that includes VDI then it will cost approximately $25 per user on a monthly basis.""Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."

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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.
VMware Identity Manager is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering, providing application provisioning, self-service catalog, conditional access controls and Single Sign-On (SSO) for SaaS, web, cloud and native mobile applications. It simplifies business mobility with one touch from any device, empowers employees with a self-service app store, optimizes user experience & security with AirWatch and was designed for the mobile cloud world for AirWatch enrolled devices providing a seamless consumer-grade user experience.
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Aegean 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
Seventy Seven Energy, The Hut Group, SAIC
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider19%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm12%
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company21%
Educational Organization4%
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise47%
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise74%
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 21 reviews while VMware Identity Manager is ranked 4th in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) with 5 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.0, while VMware Identity Manager is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "Good posturing, good integration, and excellent technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Identity Manager writes "Good cataloging features and the single sign on saves our clients time". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and Sophos Network Access Control, whereas VMware Identity Manager is most compared with CyberArk PAS, Azure Active Directory, Okta Workforce Identity, Fortinet FortiToken and Varonis Data Governance Suite.

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