Updated Oracle Database Release Schedule

FYI, the release schedule in MOS (742060.1) was updated last week. Basically:

12.2.0.1 – expected in January 2016.
12.1.0.2 – terminal release of 12.1, in Premier Support until the summer of 2018.
12.1.0.1 – in Premier Support until July 2015, when support ends.
11.2.0.4 – in Premier Support/Free Extended Support until January 2016.
11.2.0.3 – in Premier Support/Free Extended Support until August 2015, when support ends.
11.1.0.7 – in Extended Support until August 2015, when support ends.
10.2.0.5 – in Limited Extended Support until July 2015, when support ends (finally!)

My thoughts:

Oracle must be very confident in the stability of 12.1.0.2 to make it the terminal release for 12.1 already.

I suspect 11.2.0.4 may get an extension on its free Extended Support until 12.2 is “stable” and available for all platforms, at the very least.

It would also be highly unusual for Oracle to only have one version (12c) in Premier Support at one time. Making customers pay for being on the terminal release of {LATEST – 1} will be very unpopular considering the fundamental changes found in 12c.

In hindsight, I think Oracle might have been better off if they had given the “12c Release 2” moniker to 12.1.0.2 given the extra features provided (In-Memory database, etc). This might have also convinced the DBA community to bite at 12.1.0.2 instead of “waiting until Release 2, Patchset 1” before upgrading.

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2 thoughts on “Updated Oracle Database Release Schedule

  1. pcora says:

    Hi Mark, thanks for publishing this.
    Just a point:
    Its only Patching that ends for 12.1.0.1 in July ’15. Premier Support for same will be available till July ’18.

    Or am I misunderstanding?

    Thanks

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