Exadata deployment

Exadata is the #1 infrastructure platform to run business critical databases on dedicated hardware running on-premise. 

However, that might not be suitable for your organisation as you consider Cloud adoption. Oracle have recognised this and have made Exadata available on an OPEX model called “Exadata Cloud at Customer” (ExaCC) where you pay a subscription fee for the base infrastructure and only pay for the services that you consume running on that platform.

Here are the headlines:

  • Fundamentally, ExaCC is a Public Cloud proposition but the data location remains on-premise
  • ExaCC is a route to reducing (or removing completely!) the cost of hardware and software support costs
  • Universal Credits (Annual Flex or Monthly Flex) is used for billing, just like in Oracle Cloud
  • ExaCC is the only way to get Autonomous database features on-premise
  • Oracle are responsible for the infrastructure patching
  • You remain (or via a Partner) responsible for database patching
  • ExaCC leverages the same and latest Exadata features as the Exadata X8M

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What type of organisation are you? 

The following customer segments and characterisations are more likely or less likely to benefit from ExaCC than others are. 

Organisations without an active or any previous ULA agreement

Drivers for adoption are cost reduction and desire to benefit from Cloud economics

Hardware refresh due or desires to consolidate/simplify datacentre
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Organisations not ready to change working practices and embrace Cloud services/operations

Organisations not comfortable with a 3rd party Cloud operator (Oracle) running/accessing infrastructure remotely
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Organisations already using Exadata

Drivers are tactical projects or strategic cloud programmes for wholesale DBaaS adoption

Exadata refresh is due within next 12 months
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Drivers purely based on cost removal rather than service transformation and cost reduction

Disparate environments with no drivers to consolidate or standardise

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OCI connectivity Architecture Overview

As a CTO it’s important to me that I have the same technology stack available on-premise than I do in the Cloud. 

For years, we thought it should be the other way round but having Cloud equivalency on-premise drives my 

business forward and simplifies our operations. 

Key benefits of Exadata Cloud at Customer

Lower cost of acquisition, running costs and support costs.
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Workload portability between on-premise and Cloud
Cloud Adjacent Architecture reduces latency between environments
Managed as part of Oracle Cloud for consistency and resilience

How can Explorer help?

  • Sizing and proof of concept services
  • ExaCC design & project planning
  • Database configuration
  • Migration Services
  • OCI management & orchestration
  • Database & OCI Managed Services
  • Performance monitoring
  • Monthly reporting


Key take away
  1. ExaCC is built on the same Exadata architecture as the on-premise variant – it’s proven and it’s the lowest cost it’s ever been.
  2. ExaCC brings all the benefits of Cloud economics to your data centre – from elastic scaling to hourly pay-per-use subscriptions
  3. ExaCC is a vehicle to cancel Oracle support and replace with new Cloud credits and an infrastructure subscription service