Revolution. Evolution.
10 groundbreaking years

Celebrating a decade of innovation with Oracle Exadata

Before Exadata

Mission-critical databases were run on best-of-breed servers, storage, and networking that were stitched together by systems integrators in an involved and expensive process.

There were two challenges with this do-it-yourself approach. It led to significant performance, scalability, stability, and management issues; and it couldn’t cope with new classes of workloads.

Oracle realized that there was a better way to address both challenges at the same time by engineering the hardware and software together to deliver extreme database performance and greater customer value.

Join us as we look back on a decade of Exadata innovation and how it has evolved to meet the needs of ever more demanding workloads and increasing customer expectations.


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


Exadata V2 becomes the world's first OLTP machine. It integrates 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 support up to 10X faster data warehouse queries and 10X more concurrent users.


Exadata X3 introduces write-back cache that enables extreme performance for OLTP, analytics, and multi-workload consolidation.


Exadata X4 adds in-memory database capabilities to dramatically accelerate query performance.


Exadata X5 integrates columnar flash cache for increased data warehouse performance, and Capacity-on-Demand database licensing for greater customer value.


Exadata X6 offers support for Oracle Cloud through the Exadata Cloud Service and Exadata Cloud at Customer so customers can take advantage of Oracle Cloud benefits while maintaining control of their databases within their own datacenters.


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


Exadata X8 introduces new machine learning algorithms to automatically index databases, streamline management, and increase security. It includes new storage options for low-cost in-database archiving of critical data.


Exadata X8M launches with persistent memory and RoCE internal networking that revolutionizes OLTP with 10X lower SQL IO latency and over 16 million SQL IOPS for all workloads.

and beyond…

Today, 77% of Global 100 companies run Oracle Exadata, including four of the top five banks, telco’s, 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

Oracle Exadata is designed using our unique knowledge of Oracle Database and the ability to engineer hardware and software together to optimize all aspects of the customer experience. This complete, engineered system approach will continue to be the foundation for Exadata development.


Scalable architecture

Oracle Exadata’s scale-out architecture accommodates any size workload and allows seamless expansion. You can look forward to a regular drum beat of improved performance, capacity, functionality, and value.



Oracle Exadata embeds advanced AI and machine learning technologies that simplify administration and improve performance. Increasing use of automation will raise the bar for Exadata performance and management so IT teams can further increase their focus on maximizing business value.


Security and data protection

Designing and delivering Exadata as an integrated whole makes it easier to optimize database security, identify new threats, and rapidly address them with full-stack patching. Oracle Exadata and complementary products like Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance and Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service will continue to evolve to address new threats and help protect your most valuable data.



Exadata is the foundation of our SaaS services, Autonomous Database, Exadata Cloud Service, and Exadata Gen 2 Cloud at Customer. Exadata will continue to meet the SLAs that customers require for OLTP, data warehousing, and consolidated database workloads in all types of cloud environments. It will simplify their cloud journeys by maximizing commonality across these environments.

We launched Oracle Exadata in 2008 with the vision of delivering the best hardware and software that is engineered together with unique capabilities. We are excited by the opportunities that continuing our vision for Oracle Exadata will provide our customers over the next 10 years.

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