Get Started with Exasol SaaS

Exasol SaaS is a cloud-based database application built on top of the high performance, in-memory massively parallel processing (MPP) Exasol database architecture. Using Amazon S3 as a storage back-end, one database can support multiple compute clusters that all access the same data.

The architecture of Exasol SaaS separates the compute and storage resources, allowing you to scale them separately. This also makes it easy to apply both vertical scaling (changing instance types for more computing power) and horizontal scaling (adding clusters for increased concurrency and workloads).

Benefits of using Exasol SaaS include: 

  • No installation and maintenance: Exasol SaaS is software-as-a-service, which means that you do not have to worry about installing and configuring any hardware or software - all of this is managed for you by Exasol.
  • Ease of access: You can easily and quickly get started with Exasol SaaS without the need to go through a cloud marketplace.
  • Ease of administration: The web console allows you to easily administer your databases, scale databases and clusters, and execute SQL workloads.

Exasol SaaS editions

You can subscribe to either of the following Exasol SaaS editions:

  • Standard edition: The ideal choice to improve the performance of current data business intelligence (BI) stacks and give their reporting speeds a boost to enable real-time, self-service business intelligence.

  • Enterprise edition: The ideal choice for a scalable platform that needs advanced analytics and data integration. Data that requires multi-departmental analytics environments, needs to perform machine learning or artificial intelligence in the database, or has complex requirements in terms of data integration and data vitalization will be greatly enhanced with Enterprise edition.

The Exasol SaaS Free Trial provides all the functionality of the Enterprise edition. You can use the free trial for 30 days or $500 credits worth of use, whichever is depleted first. You do not have to provide payment information during the trial period. After the trial, you will be charged monthly for the subscription of your choice.

For more information about subscriptions and billing, see Invoicing.

For more details about the different Exasol SaaS editions, see SaaS Editions Overview.

First Steps in SaaS

Video: Getting Started with Exasol SaaS

This short video provides a quick overview of how to get started with SaaS. For more detailed instructions, see First Steps in Exasol SaaS.

Next Steps

Invite more Users

You can invite users within your organization to access your Exasol SaaS environment from the web console. When you invite users, they will receive an email with a link to accept the invitation and complete their profile. If the users already have an Exasol user account, they can access the SaaS environment from their existing account after accepting the invitation.

To learn more about managing users and inviting users, see Manage Users.

Connect with Other Tools

You can connect to Exasol SaaS from many different tools such as SQL clients and BI tools through the Exasol JDBC or ODBC drivers.

To learn more about how to use different tools with Exasol SaaS, see Connect via Tools.

Load Data

You can load data into Exasol from a CSV file, or from other data sources using either native Exasol SQL or Keboola, a cloud-based data operations platform that allows you to quickly build ETL/ELT pipelines using a graphical user interface.

To learn more about how to load data into Exasol SaaS, see Load Data and Load Data using Keboola.

Manage your Databases and Clusters

You can add, remove, and scale your databases and clusters from the web console.

To learn more about how to manage databases and clusters in Exasol SaaS, see Manage Databases and Clusters.


Accessibility is an integral part of the Exasol software development lifecycle process. For more information, see Accessibility Features in Exasol SaaS.