Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-8 Available Today

Oracle has announced that the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-8, the latest in the X5 family of engineered systems which integrate hardware and software, is now available.  

The Oracle Exadata X5-8 is the new companion model to Oracle Exadata X5-2 and incorporates the same storage and networking capabilities of Oracle Exadata X5-2, which was announced in January 2015.  

Now in its sixth generation, the Exadata was first released in 2008, with a new release every 12 to 14 months, and, in the last four generations there have been two models, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management at Oracle.

The new Exadata X5-8 offers up to 576 CPU cores, more than 1.3 petabytes of disk storage or 180 terabytes of PCIe flash, and up to 24 terabytes of memory.

Oracle Exadata X5-8 is particularly well suited for in-memory databases, large data warehouses, or demanding OLTP workloads. The high compute, storage and memory capacity of the Oracle Exadata X5-8 is designed for large-scale private cloud database initiatives, enabling large numbers of databases with varied workloads to be consolidated onto a single Exadata system. This is particularly important as companies increasingly want to group their database instances into a consolidated footprint for reduced operational and management costs, said Shetler.

This release updates the 8-socket database servers to use the latest 18-core Intel E7-8895 v3 processors, for a total of 144 cores per database server, increasing performance by up to 25%. In addition, the high capacity storage servers included in the X5-8 use 8TB SAS3 disk drives, to double the storage capacity over the prior X4-8 generation, and is available at no increase in price over the previous generation, Shetler noted.

The X5-8 ships with the latest Exadata software release ( that provides IPv6 support for Ethernet networks, simpler management and better security using ExaCLI, improved Exadata storage statistics in AWR reports, and reverse offload improvements.

Storage and compute can be elastically configured and expanded one server at a time to provide on-demand expansion at a lower cost. Elastic configurations enable customized Oracle Exadata Database Machines, such as Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems or all-flash OLTP systems. Capacity-on-Demand pricing of the database software and the availability of Oracle VM virtualization enable additional flexibility, security and savings. Additionally, the new Oracle Exadata software supports previous-generation Oracle Exadata hardware systems and also supports both Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 databases.

For more information, go to the Exadata Database Machine X5-8 Datasheet.