That’s a question I have gotten several times already: How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? Meaning, is there a fixed date when you’ll be unable to provision an instance containing Oracle Database 18.104.22.168 for instance?
How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud?
First of all, it is important to note that the support time frames between on-prem and cloud are the same. But it is also important for you to notice that after a certain date you won’t be able to provision an instance with a specific database version anymore.
And you’ll find these dates in MOS Note:2377651.1 (Support Dates for Oracle Database Releases in Oracle Cloud Database Services). In this note you’ll see the table with the dates. After these dates the, for example after December 2018 you won’t be able to provision an Oracle 22.214.171.124 database instance.
For the full details and annotations, please see: MOS Note:2377651.1 (Support Dates for Oracle Database Releases in Oracle Cloud Database Services).
Available Instance Choices in OCI-C
Currently while I’m writing this (August 1, 2018) there are the following options in OCI-Classic (formerly known as DBaaS formerly known as DBCS):
And by end of this calendar year, the option to provision an Oracle 126.96.36.199 instance will go away. The same will happen in less than 1 year with Oracle 188.8.131.52 instances.