Namecheap SSL Certificates vs. Venafi Control Plane for Machine Identities

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Namecheap SSL Certificates
Score 5.5 out of 10
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Domain registrar and web host Namecheap offers SSL Certificates.N/A
Venafi Control Plane for Machine Identities
Score 6.0 out of 10
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Venafi, headquartered in Salt Lake City, protects machine identity types by orchestrating cryptographic keys and digital certificates for SSL/TLS, code signing, mobile and SSH.N/A
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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
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Namecheap
There aren't a lot of downsides with Namecheap SSL [Certificates]. We use them primarily unless a client or contractual needs states otherwise. They are fast, responsive and essentially cheap. This is just because they are a wholesale reseller from trusted certificate authorities like a lot of their counterparts. However their reputation for cost and ease have put them in the top running. As I mentioned, there is basically no support beyond the delivering of the purchased product as requested. In some circumstance, when clients move/switch hosting/marketing representation, transfer of the SSL ownership can be a hassle because you don't have a dedicated support portal. But you get what you pay for and the savings justify it.
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Venafi
Venafi allows an engineer to automate the full provisioning process not only installing the certificate to multiple applications but also configuring specific requirements for that application.
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Pros
Namecheap
  • Reliable and verifiable chain of trust
  • Reseller of reputable certificate authorities like RapidSSL, geoTrust
  • They are one of the cheapest and most reliable issuers with industry leading verification practices
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Venafi
  • Digital Certificate Inventory Management and Monitoring
  • Digital Certificate Lifecycle Processes to include ownership and roles and responsibilities
  • Easy automation integration into many common products
  • Certificate Trust Store Management
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Cons
Namecheap
  • Basically no customer support post-sale
  • No technical support for implementation if you need it (most SysAdmins will not)
  • Excessive marketing/reminder/renewal emails
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Venafi
  • The Venafi platform is constantly evolving through its upgrades which occur every quarter to meet client's specific needs. This is an outstanding model however the documentation that follows the upgrades could be more thorough.
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Alternatives Considered
Namecheap
They are basically just first party certificate authorities and have the brand recognition that goes with that. NameCheap [SSL Certificates] really is just doing the job of volume negotiations and reselling while integrating a markup and opportunity to sell their various other products (which also have some compelling ROI based on cost and client needs)
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Venafi
Each public certificate provider has their own flavor of certificate automation, but they are not that flexible and only work with their own products. Certified Security Solutions CMS is a lightweight tool that directly competes with Venafi, but is not nearly as robust or feature risk. This is a straight forward management solution that is best fitted for the smaller companies.
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Return on Investment
Namecheap
  • Low cost means we don't have to pass on to clients and nickel and dime them
  • Low cost also means we can build dedicated environments for a variety of needs without hitting budget constraints
  • Fast communication and deployment means we are agile
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Venafi
  • An outage is a very devastating event to any large corporation and can cost millions. Venafi's ability to prevent these outages has proven to be a great return on investment for our environment and has helped protect the bottom line.
  • Venafi automates certificate installation with an included feature to schedule the install in advance. This is a great benefit of the tool because it eliminates human error and prevents any forgotten or overlooked certificates to be renewed. After installation Venafi will also validate the certificate to confirm that it has been installed properly. This shows just how thorough this tool really is.
  • Security compliance is of the utmost importance in a large organization for auditing purposes and certificate security policies but at times can prove to be difficult to enforce. Venafi has proven to play a pivotal role in enforcing these policies in our environment.
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