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We performed a comparison between Aruba ClearPass and Sophos Network Access Control based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Access Control (NAC) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Aruba ClearPass vs. Sophos Network Access Control report (Updated: September 2022).
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"ClearPass is effortless to use and configure. It's not hard to learn the tool, and it has lots of features.""Aruba ClearPass's most valuable features are simple accessing, operating, and management. Additionally, the dashboard and performance work well.""We are mainly using Aruba ClearPass for our clients for securing access to their on-premise assets. As per customer expectations, we are trying our best to track the complete user activity in the network. This is the main and the core feature we require.""The most valuable feature of Aruba ClearPass is the ease of deployment and integration with other equipment in the network.""Stable with good QBT technology.""Aruba ClearPass has complete NAC features.""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.""A lot of the issues in Forescout are mitigated in Aruba ClearPass, it supports all the expected protocols."

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"The installation is very straightforward.""The pricing is very reasonable and you can negotiate on the price.""Sophos' technical support is great, very fast and responsive, and they always know how to fix the problem.""It is intuitive in the sense that I don't have to struggle with the configuration."

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"Aruba ClearPass could improve when it comes to troubleshooting, it can be difficult. Some advanced problems are difficult.""The initial setup was quite complex, it is not that easy.""The GUI of Aruba ClearPass could improve, it is not user-friendly.""We have had some issues with the installation of Aruba ClearPass.""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.""Lacks the ability to handle more than one certificate for both the management process and the Captive Portal.""Aruba ClearPass could improve the user interface, it is a bit chunky.""I would like to see better integration with the firewall for zeroing out blacklisted users."

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"In order to provide better management, it would be ideal with they offered better plugins for their firewall.""I would say that anything that makes it easier to use and obtain statistics and metrics on any issue is always welcome. Anything that provides more information or insights into what is going on on the network would be beneficial.""The interface on the cloud could be a bit better - just to give more performance on it.""An area that could be improved is the information about licensing, which is fairly confusing at present."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The price of Aruba ClearPass is expensive. However, Cisco ISE was as expensive when we were comparing."
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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 web dashboard and the policy manager are very intuitive and very easy for the engineers to use.
    Top Answer:The wifi control is fantastic and makes it very easy to administer.
    Top Answer:The licensing is modular. That means, you typically buy a base license and then add on what you need to increase its functionality. If you want to, for example, install a main gateway, or if you want… more »
    Top Answer:I would like to see mobile administration capabilities in the next release so that we can administer the device from a mobile device.
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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. 

    Sophos NAC Provides comprehensive, easy-to-deploy network access control that protects enterprise networks from the threats posed by non-compliant, compromised, or misconfigured endpoint computers. The software solution is vendor-neutral and works with existing network infrastructure and security applications. Computers are permitted or denied access to the network, based on a centrally defined, policy-driven assessment - and isolated, quarantined for remediation, automatically remediated, or sent alerts. Administrators can define and manage policies uniquely for managed and guest computers, including checking their security status and ensuring that no unwanted applications are run.
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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
    Rushmoor Borough Council
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization6%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Real Estate/Law Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business80%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise10%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba ClearPass vs. Sophos Network Access Control
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba ClearPass vs. Sophos Network Access Control and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba ClearPass is ranked 2nd in Network Access Control (NAC) with 22 reviews while Sophos Network Access Control is ranked 5th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 4 reviews. Aruba ClearPass is rated 8.6, while Sophos Network Access Control 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 Sophos Network Access Control writes "Great security with a user-friendly interface and excellent stability". Aruba ClearPass is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Fortinet FortiNAC, Forescout Platform, Microsoft Intune and macmon Network Access Control, whereas Sophos Network Access Control is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Fortinet FortiNAC, F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), ExtremeControl and Ruckus Cloudpath. See our Aruba ClearPass vs. Sophos Network Access Control report.

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