How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

This question sounds very simple: How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported? Right? But I learned at a customer site recently that the information about the support periods for Oracle 12.2 may puzzle people sometimes. Hence I thought some clarification may be useful.

Lifetime Support Policy Brochure

First of all, when you have a look into the Lifetime Support Policy brochure the answer you’ll read there is:

  • Premier Support until March 2023
  • Extended Support until March 2026

How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

But this doesn’t give you any distinction between Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c and Oracle 19c. These three releases fall under the Oracle 12.2 Release Family umbrella.

The problem here: One may just note down that Oracle 12.2 is in Premier Support until March 2023.

But this is not the complete picture.

The Single Source of Truth

I call MOS Note: 742060.1 (Release Schedule of Current Database Releases) the single source of truth as it gives much more detail than the Lifetime Support Brochure.

But, in this specific case, the graph MOS Note: 742060.1 displays may be puzzling as well as it has an “12.2” bar above Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c and Oracle 19c.

How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

I just had a discussion where customers interpreted this in conjunction with the Lifetime Support Brochure as if Oracle 12.2.0.1 would get Premier Support until March 2023. Oracle 12.2 == Oracle 12.2.0.1.

But I write this blog post to clarify that this is not the case.

Bug fixing will end for Oracle 12.2.0.1 on Nov 20, 2020. This strange date is derived from the availability of Oracle 18c for HP, AIX and zLinux. From this availability date on the clock of 2 years bug fixing support for Oracle 12.2.0.1 started ticking.

The end of bug fixing support for Oracle 18c will be announced once all ports for Oracle Database 19c on-premises becomes available.

You can find this information also in MOS Note: 742060.1 when you scroll down a bit to table 2:

How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

This is the important information. And the reason why I call MOS Note: 742060.1 “the single source of truth”. Only Oracle Database 19c gives you the full span of bug fixing support until 31-Mar-2023 with the option to have Extended Support until 31-Mar-2026.

No Extended Support for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and Oracle 18c

And MOS Note: 742060.1 presents also another VERY important detail: There won’t be any Extended Support available for Oracle 12.2.0.1 or Oracle 18c. This is no different from previous releases as for example Oracle 11.2.0.1 or Oracle 11.2.0.2 didn’t get Extended Support either. Only the Terminal Patch Set (or here: the Terminal Release) received Extended Support optionally, in some cases waived.

You may read also a bit more about the topic here:

–Mike

 

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5 thoughts on “How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

  1. Hi Mike,
    You may consider to add the Cloud Database Support portion as well –
    Support Dates for Oracle Database Releases in Oracle Cloud Database Services (Doc ID 2377651.1)
    I hope it won’t add additional confusion 🙂

  2. Hi Mike,

    Thank you, very useful. I’m trying to find more context about 12.1.0.2 – it shows extended support until 2021 but what is the difference between Premier & Extended?

    Cheers.

    • Hi Simon,

      the differences are:
      Premier Support means we fix everything at no additional cost. This is covered by your regular Oracle Support contract.
      Extended Support means: 10% extra in year 1, 20% extra for each year in the following years. Then we fix only critical issues and provide access to bundle patches.
      If Extended Support gets waived, then no extra costs.

      Cheers,
      Mike

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