First Steps in Exasol SaaS

This section explains how to sign up for an Exasol SaaS trial and create your first database.

Sign up

To get started with Exasol SaaS, you first have to sign up for a free trial account.

  1. Visit, enter your email address, and click Sign up.
  2. You will receive an email to verify your email address and finish setting up your account, including creating a secure password.
  3. After setting up your account, you will receive another email with your account details and can sign in.

When you log in to your Exasol SaaS environment, your user account is assigned the Owner role and can perform all actions. You can invite other users that can view the databases in your account. Only users with the Owner role can add new databases.

For more information about user accounts and access management, see Access Management.

Add your first database

The first time you sign in to Exasol SaaS, you will be asked to add a new database.

choose database type

  1. To accelerate your BI by replicating your data into an Exasol database, choose Espresso. For advanced use cases, choose Enterprise.

    add database

  2. Select the AWS region where the database will be deployed. If you are unsure, select the region that is closest to your location.

  3. If you chose Espresso, the new database will be named EspressoDatabase. If you chose Enterprise, you can set a name for the database.

  4. For Espresso, select the maximum data size that you will require for the database. The application will then choose the appropriate instance size for the cluster. The cluster will be named MainCluster.

    For Enterprise, choose an instance type for the cluster from the dropdown menu. You can also set a name for the cluster.

  5. If desired, set a timeout value for the Cluster auto-stop feature, which automatically stops the cluster after a period of inactivity. The default value is 120 minutes. You can also disable the auto-stop feature.

    Disabling the auto-stop feature may result in increased cloud resource usage.

  6. When you have set the options for your database, click on Add database. You will be redirected to the Databases page in the web console.

    Database view

    The database and cluster will be in Creating status until they are ready for use, then the status will be shown as Running. The creation process will take about 15 minutes to complete. You will receive an email once your database is ready.

    Database running

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

Run your first query

Once your database is up and running, you can run SQL queries from the web console using Worksheets. For more information, see Worksheets.

You can also connect to your SaaS database using any compatible database client or BI tool. For more information about using external tools with Exasol SaaS, see Connect via Tools.