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We performed a comparison between Alcatel-Lucent ClearPass and Cisco Prime based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"Good user profiling and BYOD facilities."

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"We use this solution to troubleshoot our wireless systems, specifically regarding signal strength.""If an AP or any wireless device goes into critical mode, Cisco Prime sends an alert. That is the most helpful feature.""Cisco Prime allows us to do a lot of functions with the users and it is flexible.""Has a good wireless heatmap and search management features.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""Cisco Prime is user-friendly, so we are comfortable using it.""Cisco Prime, from a management perspective, has good reporting.""The most valuable feature of Cisco Prime is the heat map."

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Cons
"Lacks application level visibility on the dashboard."

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"Cisco Prime could improve the graphical user interface.""The solution has issues with real time monitoring of devices and NetFlow such as inadequate visualization for reports, sources, and destinations.""The user interface of Cisco Prime could be more user-friendly and increase its performance.""We would like to see the inclusion of detailed alerts.""The solution is not easy to configure.""The solution needs to include centralized management that aligns with the Greenfield network and its focus on real-time, scenario-based applications.""Cisco needs to improve Prime's monitoring tab. If any device goes down, there is a 15-second lapse before we know. It would be much better if we were alerted two or three minutes before a device is about to fail, so we can dispatch a field engineer and avoid network downtime. I would like to see a feature that allows you to access the devices directly from Prime's monitoring tab. That would make work easier for us.""Cisco Prime could improve the notifications in the system. Having more details about what is happening would be useful, such as traffic numbers or who is connected. We can see them through the firewall controller, but it would be better if you can see them from one place."

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  • "Cisco Prime is an expensive solution."
  • "The price of Cisco Prime was reasonable because we purchased it as part of a Cisco One package. The package was a bundle of Cisco solutions together, such as Cisco ISE and CMX. The price is reasonable com compared to other solutions."
  • "You need to get special quotes from the company for each order."
  • "The solution is not inexpensive but is worth it for large-scale environments."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Good user profiling and BYOD facilities.
    Top Answer:I believe Alcatel has three licensing models. The cloud version has an annual license. On-prem versions have a one-year, three-year or five-year option. The pricing of this product is on the high side… more »
    Top Answer:I think the solution would be greatly improved by adding application level visibility on the dashboard.
    Top Answer:Cisco Prime, from a management perspective, has good reporting.
    Top Answer:If you look at some of the wireless site-survey tools that are available in the commercial space, Cisco should include similar solutions, which would help our on-plant engineers when they're doing a… more »
    Top Answer:We use it primarily for managing the wireless infrastructure, which is the use case in our current scenario.
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    Also Known As
    Alcatel Lucent ClearPass, ClearPass Policy Management System, ClearPass
    Cisco Prime Infrastructure
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    Overview

    Easily roll out BYOD services and control devices on your enterprise network with powerful network policy management.
    Create and enforce policies across devices and apps with the ClearPass Policy Management System. ClearPass gives you total control over your enterprise network, offering a simpler way to roll out BYOD services. You’ll be able to offload routine tasks to users through guest self-registration portals and self-service employee portals. And leverage contextual data about user roles, devices, application use, location and time of day to streamline network operations across your networks and VPNs.

    Cisco Prime products deliver next-generation management by supporting an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience and integrated lifecycle operations across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks.

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    Sample Customers
    Blickle and Scherer, Loughborough University, CSF Inox, Caritas Speyer
    Mohawk Industries, Universidad EAFIT, Halton Healthcare
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    REVIEWERS
    Mining And Metals Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Retailer9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Alcatel-Lucent ClearPass is ranked 12th in Network Management Applications with 1 review while Cisco Prime is ranked 3rd in Network Management Applications with 16 reviews. Alcatel-Lucent ClearPass is rated 10.0, while Cisco Prime is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Alcatel-Lucent ClearPass writes "Great user profiling and BYOD facilities; user friendly with good dashboards and reporting". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Prime writes "Good documentation and easy migration from on-prem to cloud but needs better heat mapping". Alcatel-Lucent ClearPass is most compared with , whereas Cisco Prime is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Huawei eSight, HPE Intelligent Management Center and Fortinet FortiManager.

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