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Score 9.3 out of 100

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

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Score 8 out of 100

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Overall, management is not terrible if you have a stable network that is not overly complex. If you don't, this product will take considerable time to plan for an effective solution. I will say support is not very helpful, so if you need assistance after the initial sales rep assisted setup, good luck and be prepared to spend hours on the phone.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Aruba ClearPass

  • Heavily extensible logic that can solve a myriad of authentication and authorization scenarios.
  • Extensive logging for troubleshooting services and device connections
  • Standards based and compatible with nearly any device capable of 802.1X.
  • Good user base for support and solutions.
Ryan Brunkhorst | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

  • Manage high-privilege access to communications equipment. It allows to be granular in the permissions, to have it integrated with the LDAP users and, most importantly, to audit what tasks each user performed.
  • Profile users and devices and assign privileges and access levels based on that combination. It greatly improves the user experience, since it does not depend on the network it is in, but on the access levels it has depending on the device. It also allows self-managed guest access with approval flow, which is essential for our business.
  • It has also allowed us to automate actions based on findings from StealWatch, Umbrella, AMP, etc.
Sebastián Sarasate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Aruba ClearPass

  • More intuitive upgrade process.
  • Add in-service software upgrades.
  • Use common syntax across the various systems within Clearpass. For instance, monitoring view and guest view use different syntax's.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

  • Rules and policy sets can get a little confusing and complicated.
  • The UX/UI could definitely use some work as it can be cumbersome.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Aruba ClearPass

Aruba ClearPass 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Aruba Clearpass is straight forward in terms of day to day use for monitoring and basic user connectivity issues. The system is very robust on the back end, therefore some larger configuration changes may not be the most intuitive. System upgrades and license management are not the most intuitive either.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
For us the solution is very easily useable on its own. Perhaps that has to do because we started using ISE in the 1.2 days and have seen it grow during the years. Policy creation, etc. is all very visible and thus easy to use. Deployment of multiple nodes is also incredibly easy and flexible. You can easily add or remove nodes as you wish.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Aruba ClearPass

Aruba ClearPass 8.4
Based on 7 answers
Our HP/Aruba team has been stellar. Always there to support us proactively, worked hard to build relationships with the staff, really top-notch.
Don Ringelestein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 5.6
Based on 7 answers
Cisco support is second to none, both in terms of how you access support but also the knowledge of the individual support teams. If you focus on one technology and provide "manufacturer support" then you can rest assured that you are accessing Cisco's top individuals.I feel like this is a USP for Cisco support.
Simon Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Aruba ClearPass

From my experience, ClearPass has been the best NAC server of all I've seen. Even though configuration is somewhat hard and it's hard to get training, once you learn how to configure it it works very well. The policies are very granular and scalable and the interface is a well-done web GUI that does not need any extra plugins installed, as some of Cisco's product require. There are many more options than with FortiNAC, and many more integration options. Also, troubleshooting and logging is good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) stacks up well against other systems because it does what it says and is stable. For us, Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is great for managing access to our network devices and systems. Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) might not do as much as other products, but you will pay more for those options. If you are looking to manage your devices with no extra fluff, Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

  • Cisco ISE is fairly expensive, but I feel that the time it saves our team is well worth it.
  • We have been able to roll this our to all of our teams, and they can each manage their own device and it is really convenient to have each team mange their own devices
  • Once it is deployed and configured, it seems like there isn't much upkeep, so we don't have to hire someone to manage it we do it by committee.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Aruba ClearPass

General

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

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

General

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

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