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2019-01-24T13:13:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

For the content, and the technologies it is made to be a bit more complex. The technology is good, but to use some of the other features, and capabilities, they request that we purchase the Cisco DNA Center. As a result, the bundled price is a little high. Once you purchase the DNA, you will need the SNA then the license, overall it's very expensive. If, however, you implement Cisco ISE without the DNA and the SDA, the price is reasonable.

2021-09-18T05:17:58Z
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Top 20Reseller

The price is a bit on the high side.

2021-08-11T12:27:27Z
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Top 20Consultant

The price of the solution is price fair for the features you receive.

2021-06-15T15:06:54Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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. It's a licensed physical device; there is no subscription. If you want the latest operating system, then you'll need to get an annual license.

2021-05-19T11:58:51Z
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Top 5Real User

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.

2021-03-01T10:08:26Z
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Top 5MSP

It's an expensive solution when compared to other vendors. It's definitely more expensive than ClearPass. It's expensive, but the issue, again, comes down to scalability. Because you can't virtualize the product, there's a lot of investment when it comes to your hardware resources. Your CapEx is one of the biggest issues here. That's something Cisco needs to improve because organizations are looking at reducing their hardware footprint. It's unfortunate that ISE is such a resource-intensive application to begin with. As it's not a properly virtualized application, you need to rely on physical hardware to get the best performance. The CapEx cost is high. When it comes to operational expenditure, it all depends on the features you're using. They have their tiers, and it all depends on the features you're using. The basic tier, which is where most of the functionality is, is relatively quite cheap. But if you're using some advanced use cases, you need to go to their higher tiers. So, I'm not too worried about operations costs. You need to buy support for the hardware: you need space, power, and cooling for the hardware-side. All of that adds up. So, that all comes down to the product design and they need to make sure it's properly scalable and it's truly virtualized going forward.

2021-02-26T22:28:45Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

I think licensing costs roughly $2,000 a year. ISE is more expensive than Network Access Control.

2021-02-19T03:10:20Z
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Top 20Real User

I think the price is okay.

2021-02-16T16:16:11Z
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Top 20Real User

We pay a fee based on a subscription model. The pricing could always be better.

2021-02-16T09:54:24Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco does not sell directly. They have authorized partners you need to buy through. I don't deal directly with the licensing and therefore do not have any idea what the pricing of the product is. It's not part of my responsibilities. It is my understanding, however, that it would be expensive for smaller organizations. Startups may not be able to afford these products. We don't really worry about pricing, as cheap might be expensive in the long run if you don't get a product that is right for your organization, or is more likely to break down over time.

2021-02-12T19:47:39Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The price is okay.

2021-01-30T09:18:44Z
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Top 20Real User

There are other cheaper options available.

2020-12-24T23:11:29Z
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Real User

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.

2020-11-08T06:56:35Z
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Top 20Reseller

The price for Cisco ISE is high.

2020-08-22T14:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The pricing is okay. It's reasonable for functionality, however, if you're going to implement it as a full-stack with Cisco Connect, and a work station, and so on, it's very high.

2020-07-29T07:45:53Z
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Top 20Real User

We did a five year deal and it was very reasonable. I think for the Avast virus scan, I think we were paying $95 a machine for five years, which nobody else could touch. And that includes all updates, technical support, etc. From the ISE side, I'm not really sure what it costs because it was all encompassed in equipment we were buying and the ISE and the AMP and the open DNS. I know that it was not more expensive than any of the things we had looked at with HP or BMC or other places. It was much more cost effective.

2020-07-22T08:17:27Z
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Top 20Real User

The SMARTnet technical support is available at an additional cost.

2020-06-25T10:49:25Z
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Reseller

The licensing is too expensive. There is more complexity on the wifi environment, especially with Cisco DNA versus Cisco ONE licensing. As far as the ISE licensing is concerned, it's pretty straightforward. We normally follow the ordering guide which is quite detailed, so there's no problem there.

2019-02-18T10:19:00Z
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Real User

If you go directly with Cisco for the implementation it's very, very expensive.

2019-02-18T10:19:00Z
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Real User

We are a big organization and we can arrange for licenses because we are a big customer. We have an agreement for the security license. Licenses aren't an issue for us. We pay for licenses every five years or six years.

2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
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Real User

We use a virtual machine so in terms of pricing, we can extend it as much as we need. The licensing; we had to renew twice and in my opinion, it's good.

2019-01-31T08:49:00Z
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Real User

Licensing is very complicated and it changes a lot. I know recently it changed since we acquired the solution. It had a different licensing scheme that has changed. The cost is high compared to other solutions. Even so, it is better than what's on the market. The licensing model is complicated and the cost is a little bit high.

2019-01-28T12:39:00Z
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Real User

The price is not very expensive.

2019-01-24T13:13:00Z
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