You may have recognized that I don’t update the blog as frequent as usual. But these times are very busy with plenty of conferences and many of our customers preparing for the move to 19c in the more quieter period of the year. And this is the right time to do a quick recap: Support Periods for Oracle 126.96.36.199, on-prem and in the cloud.
Ah, well. Do you remember when Oracle Database 188.8.131.52 got released?
No worries, I’ve had to look it up by myself as well. There is this nice Wikipedia page which dates back much longer than MOS Note: 742060.1. We released Oracle Database 184.108.40.206 in September 2009. Do you remember what you did in September 2009? I do. And just to put this into the right relation, in early 2009 Bitcoin was introduced, Google released GMail officially as Microsoft started Bing, USB 3.0 became available and Palm launched WebOS. Ah yes, and some of us had just collected their brand new iPhone 3Gs from the Apple stores.
End of August 2013, we released the terminal patch set Oracle 220.127.116.11. And two years later, Oracle Database 18.104.22.168 went out of bug fixing support on August 27, 2015, while we extended the Extended Support for Oracle 22.214.171.124 further and further. And we waived parts of it.
I know from our SR stats, patch download numbers and of course also from customer meetings that some of you still have 126.96.36.199 databases out there.
Certainly you are aware that you need to move to Oracle Database 19c.
For those of you using Oracle Database 188.8.131.52 on-prem, the Extended Support will end on December 31, 2020. That will be in 14 days from now on while I type this blog post. Given the fact that 184.108.40.206 got released almost 6.5 years ago, I think this was a generously long support time frame. Especially since the Extended Support got waived until December 31, 2018. And if you have a ULA/PULA, you’ve had access to the following two years at no extra cost until now.
And even now, I can’t write “It’s over!” as it isn’t over completely. For those seeking for ongoing severity 1 and security bug fixes, you can still purchase Market Driven Support for Oracle 220.127.116.11 from Jan 2021 until maximum Dec 2022.
You know that the only release you will upgrade to is Oracle Database 19c. It is the Long Term Support Release of the 12.2 release branch. This is the release you will upgrade all your 11g and other databases to. And of course, you will use AutoUpgrade as this is the only recommended way to upgrade databases.
But how about having 18.104.22.168 databases in the Oracle Cloud?
22.214.171.124 in the Cloud
Extended Support for Oracle 126.96.36.199 in the cloud runs until end of March 2021.
This applies to:
- Gen 1 ExaC@C
- Gen 2 ExaC@C
- OCC DBCS
- OCI DBCS
- ExaCS OCI
It does NOT apply to:
- ExaCS on OCI-C
- DBCS on OCI-C
OCI-C is “OCI Classic”. And this distinction makes sense to me.
But what happens afterwards?
What happens after March 2021 to 11.2 databases in the cloud?
Correction Dec 18, 2020:
As one of my colleagues from Oracle Japan (thank you!) pointed out last night, the dates have changed. I was using the communication shared before Dec 17 as baseline. But actually MDS in the Cloud is also available until end of Dec 2022, and not – as written before – until end of Dec 2021.
This is the important fact you need to be aware of. You will have to either decommission your 188.8.131.52 databases or upgrade them to Oracle Database 19c. I guess, we won’t allow to operate unpatched Oracle 184.108.40.206 databases in the cloud. So you should take action the earlier the better.
But there is an exception to this: Market Driven Support.
You can choose to pay for Market Driven Support from April 1, 2021 on until end of December 2022. Then you will have a TAM assigned to you, and you will get an Upgrade Planning workshop delivered by Oracle ACS.
Still, there is more to mention and to understand.
FAQ for 220.127.116.11 in the Cloud
- What is Market Driven Support (MDS)?:
This is a specialized support contract that provides severity 1 and security fixes for 18.104.22.168 database after the end of extended support. More details here: https://www.oracle.com/a/ocom/docs/ds-mds-database-11g-r2.pdf
- What happens to my 22.214.171.124 database in the cloud after Mar-31, 2021 if I don’t have MDS?
You must upgrade or remove their database from the system. Customers will not be allowed to continue running unpatched databases.
- If I subscribed to a paid MDS contract, will I be able to continue to run 126.96.36.199 after 31-Dec 2022?
No, customers must upgrade or remove their database from the system in the cloud by 31-Dec 2022. Customers will not be allowed to continue running unpatched databases. 188.8.131.52 databases may fail to run after this date.
- Will I be able to provision new 184.108.40.206 databases in the cloud during the extended support windows?
Yes, you will be able to provision new 220.127.116.11 databases until the end of the support life for 18.104.22.168. With free Sev 1/security fixes, that will be 30-June 2021, and with paid MDS, that will be 31-Dec 2022.
- How much does an ACS MDS support contract cost?
Contact ACS for pricing..
- I have 22.214.171.124 database on-prem but not in the cloud. Where do I find more information about MDS for on-prem?
Please see more here: Market Driven Support for Oracle 126.96.36.199 from Jan 2021 – Dec 2022
Further Links and Information
- Oracle Database Release Dates Wikipedia page
- MOS Note: 742060.1 – Release Schedule Oracle Database
- Market Driven Support for Oracle 188.8.131.52 from Jan 2021 – Dec 2022
- Long Term Support Release vs Innovation Release
- How long can I provision database version X in the cloud?