Revolution. Evolution.
10 groundbreaking years

Celebrating a decade of innovation
with Oracle Exadata

The origins of Exadata

Before 2008, we ran mission critical databases by stitching together the best servers, software and systems. But this “best of breed” approach brought many challenges, particularly to stability and performance.

By the mid-2000s, we faced another challenge. This approach could not cope with a new class of extreme workloads.

We realized we needed to engineer a purpose-built solution to provide extreme database services and in 2008, Oracle Exadata was launched.

But this was just the start. Exadata had to continually evolve to meet the requirements of ever more demanding workloads and customer expectations. Join us as we look back on a decade of innovation.


Exadata V1 launches as the first data warehouse machine with the revolutionary Smart Scan technology that offloads basic SQL queries to the first and only smart scale-out storage, enabling the delivery of performance 10x faster than existing Oracle data warehouses.


Exadata V2 is launched as the world's first OLTP machine with Infiniband as a dedicated interconnect, Flash Cache to accelerate reads, and Hybrid Columnar Compression to increase data warehouse and archival storage efficiency by 10X to 50X.


Exadata X2 arrives, bringing the ability to run data warehouse queries up to 10X faster, and support for 10X more concurrent users.


Exadata X3 introduces write-back cache to deliver extreme performance for OLTP, Analytics, and multi-workload consolidation.


Exadata X4 introduces in-memory database computing to dramatically accelerate query performance with 2X the flash-cache and disk capacity.


Exadata X5 introduces columnar flash cache for increased data warehouse performance, and “Capacity-on-Demand” software licensing.


Exadata X6 is introduced with support for Oracle Cloud through the Exadata Cloud Service and Exadata Cloud at Customer, bringing the benefits of the public cloud to customer data centers.


Exadata X7 is introduced as the power behind Autonomous Database and incorporates in-memory analytics which accelerates key data warehouse activity by up to 100X.


Exadata X8 is introduced with integrated machine learning to increase performance and availability, Automatic Indexing for increased performance and reduced administration, and extended storage for low-cost in-database archiving of critical data.

Exadata X8M racks with new 100 Gbit Ethernet interconnects and up to 27TB of Persistent Memory Acceleration per rack offer scalable and efficient storage capabilities. Coupled with lower latency, OLTP performance in X8M is boosted 2.5X compared to X8.

and beyond…

Today, 77% of Global 100 companies run Oracle Exadata, including four of the top five banks, telcos, and retailers. These customers and many others are routinely running Exadata solutions in 24/7 mission-critical environments with 99.999% availability requirements.

But what’s next? How will Exadata continue to innovate and provide significant returns on investment?

Here's how


Oracle Database Co-engineering

Smart Scan technology offloads data intensive SQL operations directly into the storage servers. This accelerates query execution, eliminates performance bottlenecks, and significantly reduces the CPU usage of the database servers.



Oracle Exadata's scale-out architecture accommodates any size workload and allows seamless expansion. Database and storage servers in elastic configurations provide a flexible and efficient mechanism to meet any size of business need.


Automated optimization

From failed components to inter-node cluster coordination bottlenecks, Oracle Exadata automatically detects and eliminates problems, optimizing OLTP performance without the need for manual management.


The world's most secure database machine

Designed and delivered as an integrated whole, by leveraging hardware decryption and compression together Exadata storage provides the highest performance secure databases that have been scrutinized by hundreds of industry security experts around the world.

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