Aruba ClearPass vs. Sophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)

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
Sophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)
Score 5.2 out of 10
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UK-based Sophos provided Network Access Control technology. Sophos NAC Advanced has been discontinued since 2013.N/A
Pricing
Aruba ClearPassSophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Aruba ClearPassSophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Aruba ClearPassSophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
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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 ClearPassSophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(8 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.1
(6 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Aruba ClearPassSophos NAC Advanced (discontinued)
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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Sophos Network Access Control would be most effective in an enterprise environment where there are many different groups of users, including guest users because it has the ability to block unauthorized users and control the access of guest users. It would not be well suited for an environment with less than 1000 users because as far as I know, the license requires at least that many users.
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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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  • Provides enforcement of security policies for Windows PCs
  • As part of the Sophos Security Suite provides outstanding protection from viruses
  • Uses a very nice web-based GUI
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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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  • Customer support was basically non-existent during the time we needed it the most. This should be #1 priority for any company.
  • Lack of support for Linux servers and Mac OS
  • The reporting system relies on information provided by the agents
  • Wide scale removal process needs some vast improvements. When using a batch removal script, it wrecks the NIC drivers to the point that they have to be removed and reinstalled.
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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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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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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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I have used Mcafee Antivirus Suite, Trend Micro, and Vipre Antivirus. I actually had more experience with Vipre than anything else so that is the one that I will be comparing it too. From what I remember, Vipre was more expensive but had better customer support. Other than that, they both do pretty much thing as well as what all the others do. I personally do not believe that any enterprise level antivirus solution is better than any other, it boils down to which one can your company afford, and which one fits best with your needs.
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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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  • Positive -- We were able to control guest users access
  • Positive -- Using the entire Sophos Security Suite I only remember one major virus while I was with the company which saves on downtime, and IT man hours
  • Negative -- The time we spent removing this, and reinstalling NIC drivers because the removal process crashed them cost the company in IT man hours.
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