September 08, 2020
Manager in Information TechnologyHigher Education Company, 201-500 employees
Score 10 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Aruba ClearPass
This is the network access control system used for the organization. This system allows several different types of devices to easily connect to the network and get the proper access required for that individual or appliance. This solves a security issue that many organizations may face, properly restricting users or devices to only the resources they need.
- Network access control
- Guest network access
- Network segmentation
- More intuitive upgrade process.
- Add in-service software upgrades.
- Use common syntax across the various systems within Clearpass. For instance, monitoring view and guest view use different syntax's.
- Positive ROI based on stronger network security
- Initial upfront large expense, but lower yearly expense.
- Lower hours required long term for administrative network tasks.
Personally. I haven't used other NAC solutions. There are a few I've researched, but have stayed with Clearpass as my solution based on the features and use case for my organization. One large reason for staying with Clearpass is being an Aruba wireless network customer. Having one vendor end to end makes solving issues easier, especially if an Aruba TAC call is required.
This product has consistently provided the results needed from it and when issues arose, Aruba TAC was able to provide support effectively. In the previous question, I stated that Aruba Wireless is used as well. With those systems in place with ClearPass troubleshooting becomes much easier. I am sure other issues may arise if calling support while using another vendor for wireless such as Cisco, Juniper, etc.
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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Aruba Clearpass is well suited for organizations that require diverse network segmentation. This system provides the ability to lock down user access to only the resources one needs. The initial setup of a system like this is resource-intensive and may require outside consulting, but once in place, day to day system management is minimal and network visibility is increased.