A few weeks ago I published a blog post about provisioning dates in Oracle Cloud environments for different databases releases. As we did an important update, I rewrite today: How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? – NEW.
What has changed since the original post?
The key point in the previous blog post was:
“And by end of this calendar year, the option to provision an Oracle 18.104.22.168 instance will go away. The same will happen in less than 1 year with Oracle 22.214.171.124 instances.”.
With “this calendar year” I pointed to end of 2018. That would have meant, as of Jan 1, 2019 there wouldn’t be any possibility to provision Oracle 126.96.36.199 environments anymore. And the same was planned for Oracle 188.8.131.52 by the end of June 2019.
Important Change and Facts
First of all, it is important to note that the support time frames between on-prem and cloud are the same.
You’ll see the significant and positive change in MOS Note:2377651.1 (Support Dates for Oracle Database Releases in Oracle Cloud Database Services). We removed the column “Cloud Provisioning Ends” completely.
Why did we remove the column?
“Database Provisioning in the Cloud will continue to be available until the Support End Date for each Database Release listed below.“
Hence, only this table matters with the usual and well known Support time frames for each release.
And the same applies to DBCS, ExaCS, ExaCC, OCI Database.
I’m very happy about this change. And I thank all the people internally who did listen and worked hard on this change. Very good news!!!
Summary and Links
You can provision database environments of a given release in the various cloud deployments now until end of cloud support which is identical to end of on-prem support. We adjusted this to meet customer needs. And not only I’m very happy about this change.
Please find more information here:
- MOS Note: 2377651.1 – Support Dates for Oracle Database Releases in Oracle Cloud Database Services
- Previous blog post – now updated:
PS: On Nov 30, 2018, I received also a “Cloud” email from the platform saying:
- For Oracle Database 12c Release 2, service instance provisioning will no longer be available within Oracle Cloud Database Services in July of 2020.
- For Oracle Database 11g Release 2, service instance provisioning will no longer be available within Oracle Cloud Database Services in December of 2020.
During the extended period, please plan a migration to a supported release and to a corresponding service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.