Aruba ClearPass vs. FortiNAC

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aruba ClearPass
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Aruba ClearPass is network access control (NAC) technology from HPE company Aruba Networks. Aruba acquired Avenda and its eTips NAC in 2011.N/A
FortiNAC
Score 9.0 out of 10
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FortiNAC is a zero-trust access solution that oversees and protects all digital assets connected to the enterprise network, covering devices ranging from IT, IoT, OT/ICS, to IoMT. With network access control that enhances the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiNAC delivers visibility, control, and automated response for everything that connects to the network. FortiNAC provides protection against IoT threats, extends control to third-party network devices, and orchestrates automatic response to a…N/A
Pricing
Aruba ClearPassFortiNAC
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Aruba ClearPassFortiNAC
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Aruba ClearPassFortiNAC
Considered Both Products
Aruba ClearPass
Chose 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 …
FortiNAC

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Top Pros
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Aruba ClearPassFortiNAC
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(8 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.1
(6 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Aruba ClearPassFortiNAC
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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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Fortinet
If you have a mid/large enterprise network and you need to comply with any of the IT security standards, FortiNAC will help you as it provides complete protection and will provide you needed reports, like logins, times, tries of unauthorized connections. All that can be passed to your existing siem or integrated with other forti products.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • wide range of compatible devices
  • have an easy-to-understand and hierarchical rule-writing structure
  • easy-to-use interface and extensive documentation
  • seamless MS AD integration
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Fortinet
  • Protects network
  • Provides reports
  • Easy to configure and maintain
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • The user interface is outdated
  • Support is not as responsive as it used to be
  • I'd like to be able to build dashboards
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Fortinet
  • Updates sometimes a bit buggy
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Usability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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.
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Fortinet
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Support Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We had some issues with ClearPass integration with AirGroup on Aruba Controller Clusters. Basically, it was tough to get coordinated between the controller support and the ClearPass support.
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Fortinet
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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.
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Fortinet
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • It has simplified our SSID management
  • It has made it very easy for us to segment our network based on security groups
  • It was relatively easy to implement with the support of a VAR
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Fortinet
  • ROI was great as this not so expensive tool delivers so much more than a simple network authentication
  • Got Fully compliant with our internal IT policies in network access area
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