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We performed a comparison between Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) and Ruckus Cloudpath 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 Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Ruckus Cloudpath report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The WiFi portal in Cisco ISE is very useful for WiFi customers.""So far, we have had no issues with the stability.""We were originally a Cisco shop and Cisco ISE integrated well with our other Cisco switches and networks.""The most valuable feature is the ASDM - the user interface makes it very easy to configure the firewall.""The TACACS and RADIUS have been the most valuable features so far.""I have found that all of the features are valuable. It is very easy to deploy because we are able to port users directly from Active Directory (AD) and LDAP.""I like that Cisco ISE is easy to use.""The endpoint profiling feature is among the most valuable because it keeps me from having to manually maintain a MAC address bypass list to track endpoints. I can have ISE profile them for me and then put them in the right bucket."

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"Ruckus technical support is very good and helpful whenever we need them.""I find the solution to be very rich in features.""The solution is easy to use, well designed, robust, and has good traffic capacity."

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"Also, the menus could have been much simpler. There are many redundant things. That's a problem with all Cisco solutions. There are too many menus and redundant things on all of them.""The licensing documentation needs to be better.""The opinion of my coworkers, and it's mine as well, is that the user interface could use some tender loving care. It seems counterintuitive sometimes. If you go to the logs, it's hard to figure out which one you need to look at.""I would like to see them simplify the dashboard. It's very configurable, but, at the same time, it's not easy to maneuver through it. They should "Merakify" it.""It does a good job of establishing trust for every access request. We have had a little bit of a challenge with profiling, but we are probably about 80% there.""Cisco could improve the GUIs on their hardware.""It should be virtualized because many people have begun migrating to the cloud. They should offer a hybrid version.""Some of ISE's features need to be more agile. For example, we couldn't integrate our data because Cisco needs your data to be in its own format."

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"I believe the solution is missing some great features which are present in other solutions like Aruba, UiPath, and Cisco ISE.""The hardest part we've had to deal with is trying to find some physical product recently as everything is going like hotcakes.""The solution could improve by adding more detailed information that customers have available on the dashboards."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price can be lower, especially for subscriptions. It should be a lot cheaper to have a wide range of customers. The price should be comparable to competitive products like Forescout or Fortinet FortiNAC. Forescout is cheaper for customers looking for a cloud solution."
  • "There are other cheaper options available."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "I think licensing costs roughly $2,000 a year. ISE is more expensive than Network Access Control."
  • "I think the price is okay."
  • "Its price is probably good if you use all of its features and functionalities to protect your environment. If you use only a part of the functionality, its price is too high. It is just a question of value and the functionality you use."
  • "It's an expensive solution when compared to other vendors."
  • "We are running Version 2.9 because Version 2.9 of the ISE has a persistent license — it's a one-time payment. The latest version (3.1) is only available if you do a yearly subscription."
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  • "The licensing of the solution is user-based and the price is good."
  • "The cost was somewhere around $700 for the access points, however, there was a discount."
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    Overview

    Cisco ISE is an all-in-one solution that streamlines security policy management and reduces operating costs. Cisco ISE delivers visibility and access control over users and devices across wired, wireless, and VPN connections.

    Identity Services Engine enables enterprises to deliver secure network access to users and devices. It shares contextual data, such as threats and vulnerabilities, with integrated solutions from Cisco technology partners. You can see what is happening in your network, which applications are running, and more.

    Features of Cisco ISE

    • Centralized management helps administrators configure and manage user profile characteristics - a single pane of glass for integrated management services.
    • Contextual identity and business policy: The rule-based attribute is a driven policy model. The goal is to provide flexible access control policies.
    • Wide range of access control options, including Virtual LAN (VLAN) URL redirections, and access control lists.
    • Supplicant-less network access: You can roll out secure network access by deriving authentication from login information across application layers.
    • Guest lifecycle management streamlines the experience for implementing and customizing network access for guests.
    • Built-in AAA services: The platform uses standard RADIUS protocol for authentication, authorization, and accounting.
    • Device auditing, administration, and access control provide users with access on a need-to-know and need-to-act basis. It keeps audit trails for every change in the network.
    • Device profiling: ISE features predefined device templates for different types of endpoints.
    • Internal certificate authority: Qn easy-to-deploy single console to manage endpoints and certificates.

    Benefits of Cisco ISE

    Cisco’s holistic approach to network access security has several advantages:

    • Context-based access based on your company policies. ISE creates a complete contextual identity, including attributes such as user, time, location, threat, access type, and vulnerability. This contextual identity is used to enforce a secure access policy. Administrators can apply strict control over how and when endpoints are allowed in the network.
    • Better network visibility via an easy-to-use, simple console. In addition, visibility is improved by storing a detailed attribute history of all endpoints connected to the network.
    • Comprehensive policy enforcement. ISE sets easy and flexible access rules. These rules are controlled from a central console that enforces them across the network and security infrastructure. You can define policies that differentiate between registered users and guests. The system uses group tags that enable access control on business rules instead of IP addresses.
    • Self-service device onboarding enables the enterprise to implement a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy securely. Users can manage their devices according to the policies defined by IT administrators. (IT remains in charge of provisioning and posturing to comply with security policies.)
    • Consistent guest experiences: You can provide guests with different levels of access from different connections. You can customize guest portals via a cloud-delivered portal editor with dynamic visual tools.

    Support

    You can get ISE as a physical or virtual appliance. Both deployments can create ISE clusters that create scale, redundancy, and requirements.

    Licensing

    Cisco ISE has four primary licences. Evaluation for up to 100 endpoints with full platform functionality. The higher tiers are Partner, Advantage and Essential.

    Reviews from Real Users

    "The user experience of the solution is great. It's a very transparent system. according to a PeerSpot user in Cyber Security at a manufacturing company.

    Omar Z., Network & Security Engineer at an engineering company, feels that "The RADIUS Server holds the most value."

    “Whether I deploy in China, the US, South Africa, or wherever, I can get all the capabilities. It allows me to directly integrate with 365, and from a communications point of view, that is a good capability," says Rammohan M., Senior Consultant at a tech services company.

    Hassan A.,Technology Manager at Advanced Integrated Systems, says that "The most valuable feature is the integration with StealthWatch and DNA as one fabric."




    Cloudpath Enrollment System is a software/SaaS platform that delivers secure wired and wireless network access for BYOD, guest users and IT-owned devices. It streamlines getting devices on the network and secures every connection with powerful encryption. Cloudpath software gives you granular policy control over what network resources users can access. It lets you deliver a great end-user experience and virtually eliminates helpdesk tickets related to network access. Choose from cloud-based or virtualized on-premises deployment. Cloudpath software supports any user, any device, and any network infrastructure.

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    Sample Customers
    Aegean Motorway, BC Hydro, Beachbody, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Cisco IT, Derby City Council, Global Banking Customer, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, Houston Methodist, Linz AG, London Hydro, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Molina Healthcare, MST Systems, New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Reykjavik University, Wildau University
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government11%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Ruckus Cloudpath
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Ruckus Cloudpath and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control (NAC) with 70 reviews while Ruckus Cloudpath is ranked 7th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 3 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.0, while Ruckus Cloudpath is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "Secures devices and has good support, but needs a better interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ruckus Cloudpath writes "Does what's needed with good technical support and good coverage". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Fortinet FortiNAC, Forescout Platform, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, whereas Ruckus Cloudpath is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Fortinet FortiNAC, Sophos Network Access Control and Forescout Platform. See our Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Ruckus Cloudpath report.

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