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vnagarmu
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Cisco Identity Services Engine v3.x offers major usability benefits across many of its use cases. With better speed and agility, you are able to achieve security resilience with a fully mature zero trust solution while gaining pervasive visibility and dynamic control. 

I am Viraj Nagarmunoli, Solutions Architect with Customer Success and together with Security Customer Success Specialist @Yash Kejariwal, I put together the table below summarising some of the key features of ISE 3.x

Feel free to ask us any questions about Cisco ISE upgrades using the vnagarmu_0-1663924340405.pngbutton below the post. 

Start planning your upgrade here.

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Capability Feature ISE 2.x ISE 3.x
Cloud Support

Cloud native ISE

Previously, ISE could only be deployed on a physical or a virtual appliance.

Now, you can deploy ISE on public cloud infrastructure including AWS, Azure and Oracle cloud as a native cloud solution. This can help you reduce operational expenses and gives you the ability to scale your deployment on-demand while automating routine tasks.

Policies for Azure AD

Previously ISE supported Azure AD identity provider using SAML and Oauth authentication protocols but there was limited support for dot1x

Now, Cisco ISE 3.x supports EAP-TLS and TEAP authentication with Azure AD.  This means that you can now create policies using group and attribute information when performing dot1x authentication which allows for differentiated and secure access.

Automation and APIs

Open API for system and policy management

Previously, API only exposed basic ISE infrastructure and session related content

With Open API support, ISE 3.x brings you a lot more automation capabilities such as policy and system management (like backups) while still supporting the other types of APIs 

Zero Touch Provisioning

The traditional way of deploying ISE had several touch points and was a manual process. It took several hours setting up a large deployment

Now, the new Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) allows you to create a configuration file in which the ISE node can be configured (IP, hostname, DNS, etc.) Likewise, it can automatically install any hot fixes or patches immediately after it is set up. 

Posture and Compliance

Posture on Linux

Previously, ISE Posturing could be performed on Windows and OS X machines.

ISE Posture can now be performed for Linux devices too, along with Windows and OS X. That way, all endpoints on the network can be kept compliant and, if found non-compliant, they can be quarantined and remediated.

Agentless Posture

Previously you had to have an application installed on the endpoint to perform posture checks

By popular request, ISE can now be configured to assess the posture of an endpoint without having to roll out client applications across your entire install base. For you this means you gain all the visibility necessary without the need of an additional application. 

 

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niroulabhaa
Beginner
Beginner

Is there any improvement or change in how we deploy NAC in the new ISE 3.x?

neysser
Beginner
Beginner

Thanks for the sharing info, it's very helpful for me as a ISE beginner user

vnagarmu
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

@niroulabhaa Network Access Control is the heart of many things that ISE does, and so, naturally, many things have evolved over the years and over the versions of ISE. The azure AD policy support discussed in this post is an example. Let me know if you're looking for something in specific for NAC and I'm happy to answer questions or discuss further.

JyrkiHalonen
Beginner
Beginner

Great and clear way of presenting updates and features, thanks for sharing.

thomashuette
Beginner
Beginner

thank you updating us with the new information 

1967-mustang
Beginner
Beginner

We have been using ISE since the 1.x days.  Love the Azure AD integration and the Zero Touch node deployment. 

EdsonVazquez
Beginner
Beginner

thank you for the information, 

Thank you for the helpful information 

rendy.rinaldy
Beginner
Beginner

is there a GCP support ISE Cloud plan?

vnagarmu
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

@rendy.rinaldy we are working on support for GCP so look forward to the announcement in one of the upcoming ISE 3.x versions

we have to try it, thanks for sharing

frch
Beginner
Beginner

Thanks for the infomation, nice update

jshupick
Rising star
Rising star

Thank you for sharing! Will have to wait and see when our Security guy implements this!

bezik
Beginner
Beginner

Thanks for information!

vnagarmu
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Hey @Tommo80, the 'one year free licenses on Cisco' link is back online now! Thanks again for reporting. 

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