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We performed a comparison between Pulse Connect Secure and VMware Workspace ONE based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two SSL VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Pulse Connect Secure vs. VMware Workspace ONE report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The best feature of Pulse Connect Secure is the good security it provides. It gives a secure connection to your network.""It is customer-friendly. It is quite easy for our users to connect. There is also the flexibility of the features.""The flexibility in their management is great.""The most valuable features of Pulse Connect Secure are multi-factor authentications, and VPNs and SSL VPNs we are using.""What I like the most about Pulse Connect Secure is that it's user-friendly. It's easy to use. You just need to connect, and that's it.""Pulse Connect Secure is a stable solution.""It's a very convenient and user-friendly application."

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"The location and remote management services are the most valuable.""Good device management and good integration with third parties.""The most valuable feature is the security policies.""VMware Workspace ONE is scalable.""It is like any other mobile solution. It gives us the ability to control remotely, and that is what we like. We can wipe out and deploy remotely.""The most valuable feature is the interface with SCAP, which is the Security Content Automation Protocol.""The most valuable feature depends on the use case of the clients. However, one feature I like is the Kiosk Mode. In the Kiosk Mode in most cases, the clients only can make available one application developed by the solution and permit the employee or the final client to use only this one application for interaction. This provides a security control layer limiting only one application functionally.""The initial setup is easy and the deployment doesn't take too long."

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"Connection-wise, Pulse Connect Secure could be faster, and this is its area for improvement.""I don't have any downsides to report about the product at this time.""The stability could be better. There are sometimes bugs in the system.""At the moment, Pulse Connect Secure is a pretty good solution, and I don't see any issues with it. Currently, I'm not aware of a new or additional feature that's needed in Pulse Connect Secure, but it would be good if the team could look at how the speed of connection could be increased. Though it's quite seamless and I didn't face any problem with the speed, it would be better to improve the speed and keep going forward, especially as the industry's changing and people would love connections to be a lot faster.""Pulse Connect Secure could improve the reporting, it is lacking in detail and should take the report automatically.""The most valuable features of Pulse Connect Secure are the user-friendly connection and interconnecting.""We want to switch to another solution because there are some challenges with the support from Pulse. The quality of documentation is also not good. It is sometimes very hard to find documentation that provides a solution and describes how all this works."

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"The reverse proxy is not intuitive and it takes time to get it right, so this is something that can be improved.""I would like to see improvements made to both the support, and the pricing.""They do have a good integration, but there is a long way to go as far as integration is concerned. They need to integrate with the cloud solutions a little bit more. We are looking for Azure integration.""VMware Workspace ONE platform offers support for Mac Books and we see that there is some room for improvement in that area versus all the products out there.""Technical support needs to be more responsive to our requests.""Integration with Microsoft needs improvement. There are some dependencies with Microsoft that aren't 100% yet, for example: compliance synchronization.""I'd like to see expanded device support, particularly for IoT things like SCADA devices.""VMware Workspace ONE for the new users or the new clients that they try to procure and learn it, there can have difficulties. It does not have user-friendly portals. The portal seems to be more user-friendly in Microsoft solutions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Pulse Connect Secure is expensive."
  • "A license is required for you to use Pulse Connect Secure, but I'm not aware of how much it costs."
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  • "The cost is a little bit high."
  • "VMware Workspace ONE is not cheap; it's quite expensive. However, in the end, they gave us a reasonable price."
  • "If you have a host of custom requirements (including licensing), make sure to set aside enough time for the initial setup because it can take up to a few weeks depending on how complex your environment is."
  • "I think that the price is reasonable."
  • "Pricing is an area that could be improved."
  • "Its pricing was okay for our company."
  • "It's an expensive tool."
  • "The solution runs at roughly around $36/user for a year."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:What I like the most about Pulse Connect Secure is that it's user-friendly. It's easy to use. You just need to connect, and that's it.
    Top Answer:About the pricing for Pulse Connect Secure, I have no information on that because I don't pay for it as an employee, but there should be an agreement at the company level.
    Top Answer:Connection-wise, Pulse Connect Secure could be faster, and this is its area for improvement.
    Top Answer:Microsoft Intune is a great tool for managing a mobile device fleet while keeping access control. The solution makes it easy to control security and manage the usage of mobile apps when you have a… more »
    Top Answer:VMware Workspace One has a powerful set of helpful features. The solution offers very good documentation, the initial setup is easy, and the product is very stable and reliable. I think the fact that… more »
    Top Answer:Hi, today my recommendation is still in VM Workspace One. In some cases, you will need more servers to realize this but it permits total flexibility in multiple use cases.
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    Also Known As
    VMware AirWatch
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    The Pulse Connect Secure enables you to give employees, partners, and customers secure and controlled access to your corporate data and applications including file servers, Web servers, native messaging and e-mail clients, hosted servers, and more from outside your trusted network using just a Web browser.

    VMware Workspace ONE is an intelligence-driven digital workspace platform that delivers any app on any device. It integrates access control, multi-platform endpoint management, and application management. With the VMware Workspace ONE platform, IT teams can deliver a digital workspace that includes the devices and apps of the company’s choice, but with security and control.

    VMware Workspace ONE is available:

    • As a cloud service
    • On-premises
    • Hybrid

    VMware Workspace ONE Key Features

    • Simple app authentication: VMware Workspace ONE allows end-users to have password-less single sign-on, giving them access to virtually any app (mobile apps, web apps, cloud apps, and Windows apps).

    • Unified Endpoint Management options: VMware Workspace ONE aims to support all devices, offering convenience, access, security, and management that will work for any business.

    • Conditional access: VMware Workspace ONE provides a powerful policy engine to help you make dynamic decisions regarding end-user access rights and to protect sensitive information.

    • Automated app management: With VMware Workspace ONE the application delivery process can be automated, which improves security and compliance. Software packages can be automatically installed, updated, and removed, and automated workflows can also be created.

    VMware Workspace ONE Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using VMware Workspace ONE include:

    • Less IT intervention necessary: Because VMware Workspace ONE has simple app authentication, end-users can help themselves by selecting the applications they need rather than having IT intervene.

    • Smoother employee onboarding: Transform employee onboarding by enabling self-service access to the apps your end-users need to complete their job duties.

    • Compliance: VMware Workspace ONE helps end-users reach compliance by using advanced device restrictions.

    • Real-time visibility: You can have real-time visibility with application, device, and console events that provide detailed information for system monitoring. You can also view logs in the console or export pre-defined reports.

    Workspace ONE Components

    • Workspace ONE Access
    • Workspace ONE UEM
    • VMware Workspace ONE® Intelligence
    • VMware Unified Access Gateway
    • Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below is some feedback from our PeerSpot users who are currently using the solution:

    PeerSpot user Patrick B., Cybersecurity Architect at a tech services company, says, "Its UI is extremely easy to use whether you're an advanced user or a novice user. When I first opened it up and had to learn the product, I was easily a novice. By the end of the third month, I was digging into the backend of the system and using it as a highly advanced user to accomplish what I needed to accomplish, and I was able to do it through the UI mostly."

    Roshan T., Partner Manager North America at a tech company, mentions how satisfied he is with the product, saying, "You can put all your applications on a mobile device, be it a phone or tablet. It is secure and easy to use. Because it is centrally managed, you don't have to do any configuration on the phone. I just got the phone and connected to the central applications. I just downloaded one thing and everything got rolled out. Email, calendar, and other things were deployed centrally. If you don't have AirWatch, you have to configure your phone manually. For example, you need to deploy and configure your email manually and then synchronize everything. It is much simpler when a mobile device is centrally managed."

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    Sample Customers
    Axcient, Baloise Group, Cygate, Catholic University of America, Datec Inc, Revlon, Santa Monica Networks, 7-Eleven
    Australian Sports Commission, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Lomond School, Merck, United Bank, Medical College of Wisconsin, Latymer Upper School, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Dowling Aaron Inc., Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Harrogate Grammar School, Duke University Football, Delta Air Lines, Adventist Health System, Giochi Preziosi, Cramlington Learning Village, Intermountain Healthcare, Safexpress, TAG Aviation
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    September 2022
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    Pulse Connect Secure is ranked 1st in SSL VPN with 7 reviews while VMware Workspace ONE is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 36 reviews. Pulse Connect Secure is rated 8.0, while VMware Workspace ONE is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Pulse Connect Secure writes "Easy to set up with flexible management and good network resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workspace ONE writes "A straightforward setup with a good set of features and very good documentation". Pulse Connect Secure is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiClient, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and Citrix Gateway, whereas VMware Workspace ONE is most compared with Microsoft Intune, VMware Horizon, Jamf Pro and SOTI MobiControl.

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