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Score 8.6 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Aruba ClearPass

We have quite a few visitors to our campus and we don't want to have a set PSK for the wireless so we have configured a guest network where visitors can create an account and gain access to the internet and we don't have to "manage" it since the accounts will expire after a certain time. We have RF scanners in our warehouses and we want them to be allowed on the network and be put into its own VLAN. ClearPass can do this flawlessly by keying off of the MAC address when it comes online and putting it into the correct VLAN. This makes it so we don't have to add each device individually to the system. The only time ClearPass would not be appropriate is in a small deployment where the cost to value wouldn't make sense.
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Pros

Aruba ClearPass

  • Granularity in access.
  • Multiple sources of authentication.
  • Manage guest and defined users with the same tool.
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Cons

Aruba ClearPass

  • Getting data out of ClearPass is difficult. You can get some with SNMP but he API is lacking. There is only a limited amount of info that you can get from it. Even some data that shows up in ClearPass Insight is not available to import into a 3rd party application.
  • In the past, if you have hardware/software issues you could troubleshoot them yourself through the CLI in a Linux type interface but now they have locked everything down and it makes troubleshooting difficult. You have to rely on them for everything. As a person who likes to understand the ins and outs of the systems I manage it is somewhat frustrating.
  • Steep learning curve, although support can assist and their forums like airheads can be helpful. This is a complex system and can take a while to grasp how everything works and integrates.
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Support

Aruba ClearPass

Aruba ClearPass 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Technical support is easy to get a hold of and responsive to requests. There are certain options in the command line that TAC keeps to themselves for troubleshooting purposes, and I am not a fan of having to call in for support to have a deep-dive into a given issue. I would like it if the robust logging commands and controls were available to owners/administrators of the system.
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Alternatives Considered

Aruba ClearPass

ClearPass by far is a more versatile system it seems that it has more features and can configure how you want it. Cisco ISE is extremely complicated to deploy where I felt that ClearPass was more straight forward and user-friendly. Clearpass does what Cisco ISE can do and more. ClearPass hands down has a better ability to create policies to create your own process for each type of device or for a specific function.
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Return on Investment

Aruba ClearPass

  • Time saved when employees move desks using 802.1x.
  • Saved money using the same tool for authenticating network devices for administration and end-users alike.
  • Checking logs for failed authentication makes troubleshooting easy.
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Pricing Details

Aruba ClearPass

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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