Logical systems for SRX Series devices enable you to partition a single device into secure contexts. Each logical system has its own discrete administrative domain, logical interfaces, routing instances, security firewall and other security features. By transforming an SRX Series device into a multi tenant logical systems device, you can give various departments, organizations, customers, and partners—depending on your environment—private use of portions of its resources and a private view of the device. Using logical systems, you can share system and underlying physical machine resources among discrete user logical systems and the master logical system.
The top part of Figure 1 shows the three main configuration components of a logical system. The lower part of the figure shows a single device with a master logical system and discrete user logical systems.
Logical systems on SRX Series devices offer many benefits, allowing you to:
• Curtail costs. Using logical systems, you can reduce the number of physical devices required for your company. Because you can consolidate services for various groups of users on a single device, you reduce both hardware costs and power expenditure.
• Create many logical systems on a single device and provision resources and services for them quickly. Because services are converged, it is easier for the master, or root, administrator to manage a single device configured for logical systems than it is to manage many discrete devices.
You can deploy an SRX Series device running logical systems in many environments, in particular, in the enterprise and in the data center.
• In the enterprise, you can create and provision logical systems for various departments and groups.
You can configure logical systems to enable communication among groups sharing the device. When you create logical systems for various departments on the same device, users can communicate with one another without traffic leaving the device if you have configured an interconnect logical system to serve as an internal switch. For example, members of the product design group, the marketing department, and the accounting department sharing an SRX Series Services Gateway running logical systems can communicate with one another just as they could if separate devices were deployed for their departments. You can configure logical systems to interconnect through logical tunnel (lt-0/0/0) internal interfaces. The lt-0/0/0 interfaces on the interconnect logical system connect to an lt-0/0/0 interface that you configure for each logical system. The interconnect logical system switches traffic between logical systems. The SRX Series device running logical systems provides for high, fast interaction among all logical systems created on the device when an interconnect logical system is used.
Logical systems on the same device can also communicate with one another directly through ports on the device, as if they were separate devices. Although this method allows for direct connections between logical systems, it consumes more resources–you must configure interfaces and an external switch–and therefore it is more costly.
• In the data center, as a service provider, you can deploy an SRX Series device running logical systems to offer your customers secure and private user logical systems and discrete use of the device’s resources.
For example, one corporation might require 10 user logical systems and another might require 20. Because logical systems are secure, private, and self-contained, data belonging to one logical system cannot be viewed by administrators or users of other logical systems. That is, employees of one corporation cannot view the logical systems of another corporation.
Logical systems include both master and user logical systems and their administrators. The roles and responsibilities of the master administrator and those of a user logical system administrator differ greatly. This differentiation of privileges and responsibilities is considered role-based administration and control.
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