Aruba ClearPass vs. SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

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
SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset
Score 8.7 out of 10
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SolarWinds® Engineer’s Toolset (ETS) helps users monitor and troubleshoot a network with over 60 tools for network management. ETS allows users to monitor and receive alerts in real time on network availability and health, and perform network diagnostics for faster troubleshooting and resolution of complex network issues. With ETS users can deploy an array of network discovery tools including Port Scanner, Switch Port Mapper or advanced Subnet Calculator, manage Cisco® devices with specialized…
$1,585
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User Ratings
Aruba ClearPassSolarWinds Engineer's Toolset
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(8 ratings)
8.6
(11 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(6 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Aruba ClearPassSolarWinds Engineer's Toolset
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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SolarWinds
I have found the toolset especially useful for scanning subnets to discover devices, and for setting up temporary real-time monitors when we are troubleshooting or setting up new connections. The most useful aspect has been the ability to apply the tools to help troubleshoot and pinpoint intermittent issues. More general tools like Orion often do not have the granularity to detect issues like intermittent packet loss which are especially impactful to applications like Voice. The toolset gives us another level of capability to dig into issues.
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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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SolarWinds
  • Various monitoring
  • Stores history
  • Suggests indices
  • Helps to find the SQL query text
  • Helps to see what machines/users the bad queries are coming from
  • Shows current blocking session
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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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SolarWinds
  • The unifying component that is intended to be the initial interface to the tools seems clunky. I prefer to start the tools individually rather than using it.
  • The port scanner could use some improvements to make it easier to use.
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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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SolarWinds
Very easy to use and intuitive. Just be careful with the WAN Killer...it does what it says.
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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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SolarWinds
Our organization uses it regularly. It is reliable, and we keep finding new uses for it
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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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SolarWinds
I haven't compared any tools similar to SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset. This might be because I'm pretty biased when it comes to monitoring, and reporting solutions. I've found that SolarWinds provides the biggest bang for the buck in my opinion. I'm sure there are other solutions on the market that compete, but I haven't tried any of them because I've been very satisfied with SolarWinds.
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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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SolarWinds
  • Spend less time downloading free buggy tools
  • All the tools in one spot, so you don't have to look around for tools
  • Get to the solution sooner
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Screenshot of Perform network stress tests with Engineer's Toolset WAN Killer. You don’t need to use real traffic for studying network activities, like testing traffic and load balancing. Instead, deploy Engineer's Toolset WAN Killer to help interactively test connections and adjust the IP traffic generated to achieve the desired network load based on your requirements.Screenshot of Quickly troubleshoot your network with enhanced ping capabilities and packet route tracing, among other network bandwidth usage and monitoring tools included in ETS.Screenshot of Using ETS, you can run scans to gain insight into how routers, hubs switches, and other devices are configured by analyzing SNMP queries and viewing MIB attributes. ETS is designed to help you more easily understand whether your network and ports are using appropriate settings.Screenshot of Config Compare, a part of ETS, is built to compare the running configuration of a Cisco router with the startup configuration. With the Cisco configuration compare tool, you can easily detect the changes made to the network, switch, and router configurations that are not committed to non-volatile memory (NVRAM).Screenshot of Manage your IP network from discovery to address tracking. Discover subnets on a seed router and scan the subnet or a range of IP addresses, generate a list of subnets along with their mask, size, range, and broadcast address and actively monitor subnets to identify and track which IP addresses are in use on your network.