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Aruba ClearPass vs. Portnox CORE
July 2022
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"The visibility and security features are most valuable. We get a clear view. It is a very secure product for educational institutions.""What I like most about Aruba ClearPass is its access tracker that serves as its monitoring feature. The access tracker is really helpful when you want to troubleshoot authentication failures.""The aspect of Aruba ClearPass that I like most is that it has a lot of options, it is very versatile.""ClearPass is effortless to use and configure. It's not hard to learn the tool, and it has lots of features.""A lot of the issues in Forescout are mitigated in Aruba ClearPass, it supports all the expected protocols.""The most valuable features of Aruba ClearPass are the GUI and its ease-to-do configuration. Additionally, we can troubleshoot many things in one window.""The interface is very easy to use and the workflow is quite straightforward.""The most valuable features of Aruba ClearPass are the authentication mechanisms and the integration with Active Directory(AD)."

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"It's a stable product.""Technical support was very helpful when we needed them.""The technical support is top-notch.""It's so easy to set up, you don't need outside assistance.""There is an add-on feature for application control to kill unwanted applications when launched on a user's device.""For the information security team, the security level was improved because it helped to manage and prevent rogue devices from connecting to the corporate network. The reporting was granular, and reports we scheduled for delivery on Portnox were useful during investigations and audits, especially in cases where the IP address changed.""The most important feature is that this solution is agentless. So, you don't have to install any agents on endpoints."

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"The technical support has some room for improvement. It takes them a long time to respond sometimes. I rate Aruba support six out of 10.""What needs improvement in Aruba ClearPass is just the endpoint context server, in particular, the indication with the context server because sometimes the daily process isn't as smooth-sailing. Sometimes, the information isn't up-to-date. I'm not sure if that's a vendor limitation, but currently, it's the only tricky part of the current configuration. What I'd like to see in the next release of Aruba ClearPass is a dashboard or a monitoring feature that would allow users to see the integration process with an external server because there's no visibility into that right now.""Aruba ClearPass could improve the user interface, it is a bit chunky.""ClearPass' interface could be more user-friendly.""The monitoring of Aruba ClearPass needs improvement. For example, they have monitoring for TECHx and you can find out what the administrator did. However, if Aruba ClearPass is managing GUI devices, you do not know what the administrator is doing.""TLS authentication onboarding in Aruba ClearPass needs to be improved. The biggest problem we've seen in our environment is Huawei not being able to get onto Google Play. No Huawei device can be onboarded via Aruba ClearPass easily.""I would like to see better integration with the firewall for zeroing out blacklisted users.""The GUI of Aruba ClearPass could improve, it is not user-friendly."

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"One of the things for the on-premise is that sometimes you click on it and it takes a while for it to respond.""The integration between Portnox CORE and Portnox CLEAR can be better. These are two different systems, and there is no unique console for both devices. Portnox CORE is agentless, whereas Portnox CLEAR is not agentless.""The solution did have some stability issues, however, all I had to do was restart it.""The price could be better.""Now, the way security is viewed, maybe including something like AI, to automate some of the things that are required to be done would be great.""Portnox CORE can improve on support for unmanaged switches (or hubs) and other brands of network devices. These kinds of devices are still in use in organisations, especially SMEs who cannot afford to buy a managed switch."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is not bad and everything is included."
  • "It is affordable. In Lebanon, companies are small, and they do not have a big budget. They cannot invest a lot of money, and Aruba ClearPass is quite affordable for them."
  • "The licensing model is very straightforward. There are two types of licensing for Aruba ClearPass, a perpetual license, and a subscription. Both of them are straightforward. We don't need to read an ordering guide, it's very clear."
  • "Aruba is a little more expensive than other products in the market here."
  • "The price of Aruba ClearPass is expensive. When you want to build redundant systems it can be seen as necessary, so the enterprise will manage all of those costs."
  • "The starting price of Aruba ClearPass is 200k Hong Kong dollars. The licensing is based on the endpoints. For example, 100 - 500 end points."
  • "Aruba ClearPass has permanent licenses. You purchase it one time and this license is yours. You don't need to refresh it for five years, et cetera. They have a couple of licenses for enabled features with not only one license."
  • "I can't give the exact cost of Aruba ClearPass because that's handled by the purchasing team, but it's on the cheaper side, and on a scale of one to five, I'm rating the cost a four. Initially, the pricing for the solution is expensive in terms of deployment, but in the long term, for example, after more than five to ten years, the operational cost incurred by the company is quite affordable because you don't have to renew the license. It's a one-time purchase. My company only uses the standard license for Aruba ClearPass."
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  • "The vendor price is fair."
  • "The licensing module should be reviewed to count the number of devices instead of port numbers of total switches. There is a case for this where not all ports for a switch are used by devices. Unused ports are calculated in the license, then the customer pays for license for those unused ports."
  • "The users are not very happy with the new licensing option where there is only a subscription license. There is no perpetual license."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Aruba ClearPass is a Network Access Control tool that gives secure network access to multiple device types. You can adapt the policies to VPN access, wired, or wireless access. You can… more »
    Top Answer:I've done quite a lot of work with ClearPass, and not a lot with FortiNAC/Bradford. ClearPass incorporates a number of different functions including ClearPass Guest for creating complex wireless… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Aruba ClearPass are the GUI and its ease-to-do configuration. Additionally, we can troubleshoot many things in one window.
    Top Answer:It's so easy to set up, you don't need outside assistance.
    Top Answer:It's fairly priced. From the features that are on offer, I would say that it gives you great value for money. Licensing model is great and is scalable
    Top Answer:I don't have any negative feedback in regard to the product as a whole. It's worked well for us and has very good features. If the solution stayed as is, I'd be very happy with it. However, if there… more »
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    ClearPass Policy Manager provides secure network access in a world made up of mobile and IoT devices. It features ultra-scalable AAA with RADIUS and uses contextual data based on every user and device to enforce adaptive policies for wireless, wired or VPN access. 

    Portnox CORE provides 100% actionable visibility of all devices that are connected to your network. As the first software-based NAC platform, Portnox CORE's patented solution allows you to manage the security and compliance challenges your organization faces in a smart and simple way.

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    Sample Customers
    Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Educational Organization5%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise10%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba ClearPass vs. Portnox CORE
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba ClearPass vs. Portnox CORE and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,593 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba ClearPass is ranked 2nd in Network Access Control (NAC) with 19 reviews while Portnox CORE is ranked 7th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 6 reviews. Aruba ClearPass is rated 8.4, while Portnox CORE is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Aruba ClearPass writes "Has an access tracker that's helpful when you want to troubleshoot authentication failures". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Portnox CORE writes "Great dashboards, easy to set up, and very scalable". Aruba ClearPass is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Fortinet FortiNAC, Forescout Platform, Microsoft Intune and ExtremeControl, whereas Portnox CORE is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Fortinet FortiNAC, Forescout Platform, Portnox Clear and Sophos Network Access Control. See our Aruba ClearPass vs. Portnox CORE report.

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