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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

88%
18 Ratings
8.5

VMware NSX

85%
4 Ratings

Usability

7.3

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

73%
2 Ratings

VMware NSX

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

5.9

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

59%
8 Ratings

VMware NSX

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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

VMware NSX

Recommendation 10 for large companies, with a data center with more than 1000 VM's on average is very appropriate, as the security of the environment can be divided between physical firewall and virtual firewall and have another separate management for cases of troubleshooting, having only physical firewall in these In some cases, the rules are immense and this can cause future problems.
For Medium / Small companies, I do not recommend it, as the main one is a physical firewall, (Remembering that NSX does not replace a physical firewall), as smaller companies with less rules, only a physical firewall can be used.
Jorge Filho | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

VMware NSX

  • Broadcast Suppression: By suppressing broadcast traffic, we have been able to deploy a single VDI network in a /18 network space, allowing for rapid growth and proper DHCP lease timing for a VDI instant clone environment.
  • Networking HA: Leveraging internal mechanisms for high availability, it provides disaster resiliency to a virtual networking environment.
  • Cost Savings: All available features of NSX are licensed simultaneously. Load balancers, firewalls, and routers are all licensed as features, not per object, allowing for the deployment of as many of these objects as are needed.
Christina Harding | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

  • ISE could really make improvements on software updates and patches. The updates and patches typically take a very long time to install.
  • ISE could improve some of its technical documentation on how to implement certain features that ISE can offer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware NSX

  • Our biggest challenge is gaining acceptance from network engineers who are used to working with other technologies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

General

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

Starting Price

VMware NSX

General

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

Starting Price

Usability

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

VMware NSX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 5.9
Based on 8 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

VMware NSX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Cisco ISE is very well designed and information is provided in very logical and consistent form in the WebGUI, which cannot be said about Aruba ClearPass or others. Policy design and flow are far clearer than in Aruba ClearPass, Microsoft NPS, or FreeRadius. Cisco ISE scalability is far greater than ClearPass or others. Cisco support is second to none which guarantees appropriate support in case of a failure or a bug.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware NSX

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

  • ISE has allowed us to handle the sticky problem of giving IoT/gaming student devises network access. It allows hands-off management for roughly 2,000 users.
  • Attempting to get posturing and profiling working consistently has been a bear. The workflow is so convoluted it took dozens of man-hours to get it working in a test environment.
  • Centralized TACACS access to NADs has shaved 10-20% of our time spent configuring various boxes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware NSX

  • We are a company with 300 VM's and few departments, the investment was more for security, putting in ROI, we can mention that environmental security is priceless.
  • We have a simplified understanding of east-west rules, bringing a lot of satisfaction to the user, since creating and modifying rules is a very simple activity.
  • With NSX for virtual environment, the IT team was also very satisfied with the communication without the need for a physical medium (Switch for example). The machines that need more performance, are placed on the same physical Host, as a rule of affinity and with that the performance reaches the expected very easy.
Jorge Filho | TrustRadius Reviewer

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