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"The interface is very easy to use and the workflow is quite straightforward.""Aruba ClearPass has complete NAC features.""ClearPass is effortless to use and configure. It's not hard to learn the tool, and it has lots of features.""Aruba is a highly scalable product. It just works. We have no issues with scalability.""A lot of the issues in Forescout are mitigated in Aruba ClearPass, it supports all the expected protocols.""It's a great solution with multi-vendor support. That's always useful.""Stable with good QBT technology.""The aspect of Aruba ClearPass that I like most is that it has a lot of options, it is very versatile."

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"Integration with other vendors is possible."

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"In the next version, I would like to see some enhancement or extension on the tracking side. For example, when any user enters the network, it should be more visible in the graphical form.""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.""The implementation can improve because it is challenging to explain some of the concepts to the client.""ClearPass' interface could be more user-friendly.""Like most security products, ClearPass is difficult to deploy. You need to use the CLI to implement security products from any vendor, so configuring the authentication is complicated.""Lacks the ability to handle more than one certificate for both the management process and the Captive Portal.""The improvement can be in the cloud area. They can improve it for the cloud so that we can deploy it on the cloud.""Aruba ClearPass could improve the user interface, it is a bit chunky."

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"The documentation needs to be improved. There are a lot of details that are missed which makes it confusing."

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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."
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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. 

    Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) is a next-gen NAC that enables organizations to gain complete visibility, understand their security posture, and enforce roles-based access and endpoint security policy for network user, guest and IoT devices. Leveraging core network, mobile and security infrastructure integrations, Pulse NAC solution can streamline endpoint compliance and remediation, BYOD onboarding and IoT security, as well as automate threat response to mitigate malware, rogue device, unauthorized access and data leakage risks.

    Pulse Policy Secure is a full featured NAC that has been designed for easy deployment, convenient scalability and rapid time-to-value. Through configuration and policy creation wizards, PPS empowers administrators to simply define, implement and enforce policy with the flexibility to enable endpoint discovery, monitoring or alerting or invoke strong enforcement. Organizations gain Zero Trust access capabilities using contextual data such as user, role, device, security posture, location and behavior. Enterprises can expand coverage employing PPS extensive management, robust interoperability, high-performance appliance capabilities.

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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
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Educational Organization5%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Network Access Control (NAC)
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Aruba Networks, ForeScout and others in Network Access Control (NAC). Updated: June 2022.
    608,713 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba ClearPass is ranked 2nd in Network Access Control (NAC) with 15 reviews while Pulse Policy Secure is ranked 13th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 1 review. Aruba ClearPass is rated 8.4, while Pulse Policy Secure is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Aruba ClearPass writes "Easy to use, multifeatured, and reliable policy management platform for identity authentication and new device onboarding". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pulse Policy Secure writes "Has documentation available and can integrate with other vendors, however it's not a straightforward setup". Aruba ClearPass is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Fortinet FortiNAC, Forescout Platform, Microsoft Intune and F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), whereas Pulse Policy Secure is most compared with Forescout Platform, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Fortinet FortiNAC and Genian NAC.

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