Current Support Status for Oracle Database Releases

Yesterday a former colleague from the UK pointed me to a very old blog post about the fact that no patches will be produced for Oracle 11.2.0.3 anymore. Which is a true fact. But it reminded me that it may be time for an overview on the current support status for Oracle database releases as of October 2018. Current Support Status for Oracle Database Releases First of all, the single source of truth in case you’d like to look up support dates and patching periods is MOS Note:742060.1. Please always check this note first. Our Support Lifetime Policy brochure does…

OOW2018: The new AutoUpgrade for the Oracle Database

As I wrote the other day, OOW 2018 is not too far away anymore. And if you’d like to see something really new, something which can really really ease your database upgrades in the near future, then you may visit our first talk right on Monday morning at OOW2018: The new AutoUpgrade for the Oracle Database. What is this talk all about? First of all, let me emphasize that we don’t do marketing. We would like to introduce you to a brand new tool we’ll currently have in beta operation at selected customers. And which we’ll release in the new…

Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c

While I was writing the blog post about Creating CDBs and non-CDBs with less options I realized that Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c – but I haven’t mentioned this here yet. Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c Oracle Multimedia was called Oracle Intermedia a long time ago when we introduced it back in the Oracle 8i days. I don’t know how many people really used it, but it is part of a standard installation if you didn’t explicitly turned it off or deinstalled it. And from Oracle 18c on, Oracle Multimedia is deprecated. Meaning, it won’t develop…

How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud?

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 12.1.0.2 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…

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…

Video: The New Database Release and Patching Model

The last Office Hours I’ve run about the New Release and Patching Model didn’t go very well technically. I’ve had screen/display issues. And Steven Feuerstein tried to save the best parts – but despite Steven’s awesome work neither him nor I did really like the result. So I decided that it may be better to record a Video: The New Database Release and Patching Model again (which I actually planned for quite a while already anyway. Video: The New Database Release and Patching Model The video is based on the slide deck you’ll find in the Slides download section of…

When you patch, please use UPDATES – and not REVISIONS

I can just repeat what I’m saying not for almost a year: When you patch, please use UPDATES – and not REVISIONS. Updates (or Release Updates – short: RU) and Revisions (or Release Update Revisions – short: RUR) are patch bundles for the Oracle Database since Oracle 12.2.0.1. There are no PSUs (Patch Set Updates) anymore. And Revisions are not the same as PSUs. When you patch, please use UPDATES – and not REVISIONS One of the reasons why we recommend Updates, and not Revisions, simply is: Updates keep you more current whereas Revisions will let you miss a lot…

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…