MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan is pleased to recognize Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, and its ClearPass platform, as the "Most Scalable" and "Best NAC Wired and Wireless" solution. The acknowledgment is based on Frost & Sullivan's 2016 market analysis entitled, Network Access Control (NAC) Global Market: Comprehending the Endpoint and Network Orchestration.
According to the analysis, scalability starts with a simple premise: a network security vendor is going to win a small scale deployment and the needs of the licensing company will require expansion of the NAC solution as the company grows. A given company can expand from a single office to a regional presence or from a regional presence into a national or international business presence. Additionally, the NAC solution is going to have to be adaptable in multiple networking environments. In addition, the solution will have to provide visibility and access controls in cloud environments, over BYOD devices, with cellular band and Wi-Fi, in API with IoT (eventually), as well as providing full functionality in traditional managed on-premises networks.
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"The Aruba ClearPass NAC and policy management platform is highly scalable and sets the market's bar for NAC scalability," said Frost & Sullivan Network Security Senior Analyst Christopher Kissel. "It has a low overhead model in terms of equipment deployment. The all-in-one ClearPass appliance is sold as either a hardware appliance or as a virtual machine. The number of endpoints determines the number of appliances a business will want to purchase. Three appliance sizes are available: 500, 5,000, and 25,000 MAC authentication address appliances are sold."
In NAC environments, end user's often traverse different networks while mobile (moving from Wi-Fi to secure cellular bands or from wireless to Ethernet). The NAC platform should maintain visibility and allow the end user to stay authenticated throughout transitions. To accomplish this, a key feature in ClearPass is the integration with single sign on (SSO) solution and Aruba's Auto Sign On, which automatically logs end user into apps using a valid network authentication method.
"Many of the attributes that make ClearPass a scalable platform, contribute to making it the Best in Wired and Wireless," noted Kissel. "Ideally, a NAC platform will use native network protocols to discover and monitor network endpoints. Toward this objective, ClearPass is unique in using both dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) and network access device (NAD) discovery data as a way to build information to profile devices, regardless of connection type. Most NAC vendors offer MDM as add-on service modules, but ClearPass integrations with vendors, like AirWatch and MobileIron, are included in the drop down menu and come natively (free) with a ClearPass license, which provides clear differentiation and adds significant value to customer deployments."
The acknowledgment is based on Frost & Sullivan's May 2016 market study entitled, Network Access Control (NAC) Global Market: Comprehending the Endpoint and Network Orchestration. An excerpt of the research, Network Access Control (NAC) Global Market Analysis Selected Excerpts: Point of Competitive Differentiation, is available to elaborate on accolades provided to HPE Aruba Networks ClearPass by Frost & Sullivan. It can downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2bLXTey
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