Create an Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster

You can create an Autonomous Exadata VM cluster from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console.


Requirement Oracle cloud Exadata Cloud@Customer

IAM Policies

manage cloud-autonomous-vmclusters

use cloud-exadata-infrastructures

manage autonomous-vmclusters

use exadata-infrastructures

Minimum resource requirements

Refer to IP Requirements for Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

To create one Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster, you need atleast:
  • 10 OCPUs
  • 100GB memory
  • 150GB local storage
  • 3.25TB Exadata storage

Related Live Labs

For "try it out" alternatives that demonstrate these instructions, see the following labs in Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated for Fleet Administrators Workshop:
  • Lab 3: Provisioning a Cloud Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster for Autonomous Database on Dedicated Infrastructure
  • Lab 5: Provisioning an Autonomous VM Cluster on Exadata Cloud@Customer


  1. Go to Autonomous Database in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console.

    For instructions, see Access Autonomous Database in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console.

  2. In the side menu’s list of Autonomous Database resource types, click Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    The list of Autonomous Exadata VM Clusters in your current Compartment is displayed.

  3. In the side menu’s Compartment list, choose the Compartment where you want to create an Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    The list of Autonomous Exadata VM Clusters refreshes to show those in the selected Compartment.

  4. Click Create Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

  5. Fill out the Create Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster page with the following information:
    Setting Description Notes

    Basic Information

    Compartment: Select a compartment to host the Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    Display Name: Enter a user-friendly description or other information that helps you easily identify the infrastructure resource.

    The display name does not have to be unique. Avoid entering confidential information.

    Exadata Infrastructure

    The Exadata Infrastructure to host the new Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.


    Network Settings

    Virtual cloud network: The virtual cloud network (VCN) in which you want to create the new Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    Subnet: A subnet within the above selected VCN for the new Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    Optionally, you can use network security groups to control traffic. To do so, Select the corresponding check-box and choose a Network Security Group from the select list.

    Click + Another Network Security Group to add more network security groups.

    APPLIES TO: Applicable Oracle Cloud only

    VM cluster network

    The VM cluster network in which to create the new Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    APPLIES TO: Applicable Exadata Cloud@Customer only

    Autonomous VM Cluster resources

    Node Count: Denotes the number of database servers in the Exadata infrastructure. This is a read-only value.

    Maximum number of Autonomous Container Databases for the Autonomous VM Cluster: The number of ACDs specified represents the upper limit on ACDs. These ACDs must be created separately as needed. ACD creation also requires 2 available OCPUs per node.

    CPU count per node: Specify the CPU count for each individual VM. The minimum value is 5 OCPUs per VM.

    Database memory per CPU (GB): The memory per CPU allocated for the Autonomous Databases in the Autonomous VM Cluster.

    Allocate Storage for Local Backups: Check this option to configure the Exadata storage to enable local database backups.

    Autonomous Database storage for the Autonomous VM Cluster (TB): Data storage allocated for Autonomous Database creation in the Autonomous VM Cluster.

    APPLIES TO: Applicable Exadata Cloud@Customer only

    As you configure the resource parameters, the aggregate resources needed to create the Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster and the formulae used to calculate these values are displayed on the right side of the resource configuration section.

    The total resources requested for Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster are calculated using the below formulae:

    CPU Count = CPU Count per Node x Node Count

    Memory = [CPU Count per Node x Database Memory per CPU + Internal Database Service Memory: (40GB)] x Node Count

    Local Storage = Internal Local Service Storage: ([Autonomous VM Cluster storage: xxGB] + [Autonomous Container Database storage: 100GB + 50GB x ACD Count]) x Node Count

    In the above formula, Autonomous VM Cluster storage value depends on the Exadata system model used, as follows:

    • X7-2 and X8-2 systems: 137GB
    • X8M-2 system: 160GB
    • X9M-2 system: 184GB

    Exadata Storage = [User Data Storage + Internal Database Service Storage: ( 200GB + 50GB x ACD Count x Node Count )] x 1.25

    Automatic maintenance

    Optionally, configure the automatic maintenance schedule by clicking Modify Schedule.

    You can then change the maintenance schedule from the default (No preference, which permits Oracle to schedule maintenance as needed) by selecting Specify a schedule and then selecting the months, weeks, days and hours for the schedule. You can also set a lead time to receive a notification message about an upcoming maintenance from Oracle.

    When you are finished, click Update Maintenance Schedule.

    APPLIES TO: Applicable Exadata Cloud@Customer only

    For guidance on choosing a custom schedule, see Settings in Maintenance Schedule that are Customizable.

    License Type

    The license type you wish to use for the new Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.

    You have the following options:

    Bring your own license: If you choose this option, make sure you have proper entitlements to use for new service instances that you create.

    License included: With this choice, the cost of the cloud service includes a license for the Database service.

    Your choice for the license type affects metering for billing.

    Show/hide advanced options

    By default, advanced options are hidden. Click Show advanced options to display them.


    Advanced options: Time zone

    If you want to set a time zone other than UTC or the browser-detected time zone, then select the Select another time zone option, select a Region or country, and select the corresponding Time zone. If you do not see the region or country you want, select Miscellaneous and choose an appropriate Time zone.

    The default time zone for the Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster is UTC, but you can specify a different time zone. The time zone options are those supported in both the Java.util.TimeZone class and the Oracle Linux operating system.

    You can not modify the time zone settings for an Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster already provisioned. If needed, you can create a service request in My Oracle Support. For help with filing a support request, see Create a Service Request in My Oracle Support.

    Advanced options: Tags

    If you want to use tags, add tags by selecting a Tag Namespace, Tag Key, and Tag Value.

    Tagging is a metadata system that allows you to organize and track resources within your tenancy. See Tagging Dedicated Autonomous Database Cloud Resources.

  6. Click Create Autonomous Exadata VM Cluster.