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Oracle Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M is available. The systems perform much better than X8M.

Oracle Exadata combines all software and hardware for databases in a single service. The cloud variant is known as Oracle Exadata Cloud. Customers have a choice in the systems on which their workloads and databases run. Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M is the newest and most powerful option.

Exadata X9M performs significantly better than X8M, its predecessor. The system supports up to 8,064 virtual processors; two and a half times more than X8M. According to Oracle, the IOPS of OLTP workloads increased by 87 percent. The IO latency of OLTP workloads dropped to 19 microseconds. Analytics improved as well. 64 storage servers provide a throughput of 2880 GB/s; 80 percent faster than X8M.

More cost-effective than X8M

Exadata X9M was announced in mid-2021. In the same period, we spoke to Reinier van Grieken, EMEA VP Cloud Systems at Oracle. The interview sheds light on the technical details of X9M. Now, the systems are available. According to Oracle, performance improvements are so dramatic that upgrading from X8M to X9M is cost-efficient for organizations running a large number of OLTP and analytics workloads.


Exadata X9M integrates with Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC). The technology allows organizations to scale database capacity up and down without downtime. Each database server supports up to 252 virtual processors. Each Exadata system supports up to 32 database servers. The capacity provides room for redundancy.

Autonomous Databases

Just like its predecessor, X9M is suitable for autonomous databases. Autonomous databases automate the deployment, patching and configuration of various workloads. Automation is driven by processors. X9M offers more processors and performance than X8M. As a result, workloads are configured and optimised more quickly. Oracle states that X9M is the most cost-effective option for autonomous databases.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M is immediately available worldwide.

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