Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

Usually I don’t post twice on a day, especially not on a Friday and not in the holiday season. But since last night, Aug 2, Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available for download from OTN. Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available You can download it from OTN: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/index.html And I couldn’t find it on eDelivery – where I find only the 18.1.0 version. But I simply may be not clever enough to use the right search phrase (I used “Oracle Database” as “18” leads to something different). Further Information Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises is available…

Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c

Monday morning, another way-too-hot July day. Summer is crazy this year in Europe. We all enjoy nice sunny weather but nobody does enjoy a serious drought. Nowhere. While going through my inbox I spot this statement: ““Why should we go to 18.x with support till 2020?“. And this is not an unusual question. But I think I should write a Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c. I receive plenty of such questions in the past weeks. And actually many from my colleagues. Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c First of all, your Single Source of Truth…

Why does your most important database run on Oracle 10.2.0.4?

Today is a sunny day. A wonderful beautiful spring day. Flowers are blooming. Trees are getting green. Birds are singing. All fine. And then I find this email in my inbox. A customer wants to migrate between two Big Endiann platforms with a important ERP system. Nothing special – until I read this: The ERP system is currently on Oracle 10.2.0.4 – and it should stay on Oracle 10.2.0.4. The first question I have: Why does your most important database run on Oracle 10.2.0.4? In 2018. Why does your most important database run on Oracle 10.2.0.4? This is of course…

When does patching end for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1?

This question is coming up on a regular basis for obvious reasons whenever we speak to customers about Oracle Database 12.2 and 18c: When does patching end for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1? When does patching end for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1? Actually Roy and I are explaining this topic in our The New Release and Patching Model presentation: Annual releases, such as Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c, Oracle 19c and so on, get a minimum of 2 years patching after the succeeding release is available. This means, as soon as Oracle 18c is available, the previous release – Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 – will…

MOS Note:742060.1 got updated with Oracle 18c information

From the Support’s Hot Topics email I learned the other day that MOS Note:742060.1 (Release Schedule of Current Database Releases) got updated with Oracle 18c information on January 18, 2018. What got added to MOS Note:742060.1? A column for Oracle 18c got added to the table of releases. You will find not information about potential release availability for Oracle 18c in the various options of the Oracle Cloud, and of course for on-premises as well. Furthermore please find the updated graph as well.     The note below the graph is very important. See MOS Note:742060.1 for further details. –Mike

Should we wait for Oracle 19?

What a wonderful question: “We are on Oracle 11.2.0.4 right now. Should we wait for Oracle 19 because of the proposed long term support for this release?” I have gotten this question roughly 15 times in the past week, raised either by colleagues, customers or partners via email, twitter, in web conferences or (old fashioned way) on the phone. People refer to the graph printed in MOS Note: 742060.1. And I won’t replicate it here as this graph can change anytime. And it got adjusted just a few weeks ago as the support timeline for Oracle 12.2.0.1 was drawn too…

My thoughts about the new Oracle Database Release Schedule

Changes to a well-known release model mean a lot. I will give you some of my thoughts about the new Oracle Database release schedule. What are we changing? In my own words we basically rename the patch sets and name them what they were since years: Full releases. This means, Oracle Database 12.2.0.2 will be Oracle 18. And Oracle 12.2.0.3 will be Oracle 19. And so on. Therefore there won’t be any Oracle 12.2.0.2 anymore – and obviously no Oracle 13.1 followed by Oracle 13.2. In addition we change from Proactive Bundle Patches (BP) to Release Updates (RU) and from…

News about the new Oracle Database Release Schedule

There are news about the new Oracle Database release schedule. Oracle updated MOS Note 742060.1 containing release information recently. A few weeks ago we changed from PSUs and BPs to RURs (Release Update Revisions) and RUs (Release Updates) beginning with Oracle Database 12.2. And now MOS Note 742060.1 – Release Schedule of Current Database Releases is updated as well. News about the new Oracle Database Release Schedule From MOS Note 742060.1 – Release Schedule of Current Database Releases: Release 12.2: New releases will be annual and the version will be the last two digits of the release year. The release…