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    Raghunath Guddanti
    Oracle Database Cloud Service. Beginning January 2019,...
    Topic posted October 31, 2018 by Raghunath Guddanti, tagged DBaaS, DBCS, Upgrade 
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    Title:
    Oracle Database Cloud Service. Beginning January 2019, Oracle Database 12c Release 2
    Summary:
    Oracle Database Cloud Service. Beginning January 2019, Oracle Database 12c Release 2
    Content:

    Please read below, it does not make sense....Oracle is saying we need to Upgrade to 12.1 from 12.2 ?

    That's not a upgrade, that's a downgrade.

    This Announcement came out on Friday.

    Is this for Real ? or it was a Typo ?

     

    This is a reminder that we're updating the selection of available database releases within the Oracle Database Cloud Service. Beginning January 2019, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 will no longer be available for service instance provisioning within the Oracle Database Cloud Service. And beginning June 2019, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 will not be available for service instance provisioning within the Oracle Database Cloud Service.

    If you are using, or are planning to use, one of the release versions listed above, Oracle recommends that you plan an upgrade to a supported RDBMS release (e.g., Oracle Database 18c or Oracle Database 12c Release 1) before services using Oracle Database 12c Release 2 or Oracle Database 11g Release 2 enter the unsupported state.

    This change is expected to take place within the month of January 2019 for Oracle Database 12c Release 2, and June 2019 for Oracle Database 11g Release 2, at which point they will no longer be available for service instance provisioning.

     

     

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    • Simon Law

      Yes, it’s a little confusing. Please refer to "Release Schedule of Current Database Releases - Doc ID 742060.1" on My Oracle Support for details on the database release schedule and naming conventions. Here is the release roadmap diagram and the note on the Database 12.2 naming from the above article.

      Release 12.2: New releases will be annual and the version will be the last two digits of the release year. The release originally planned as 12.2.0.2 will now be release 18, and the release originally planned as 12.2.0.3 will be release 19. Releases 18 and 19 will be treated as under the umbrella of 12.2 for Lifetime Support purposes. The expectation is for Oracle Database 19 to be the last release ("long term support" release) for 12.2.

      The announcement is recommending Database Cloud Service customers who are on 12c Release 2 (12.2.0.1 - initial release of 12.2) to move to 18c (12.2.0.2).
      The reason why 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) has a longer support period than 12c Release 2 (12.2.0.1) is because it's the final release (long term support release) for 12.1. It's common for the final release of the previous database version to have longer support than the initial release of the next version.

      Hope this helps

       

      -Simon

      • Mark daynes

        Thanks Simon, That question from Raghunath was something I was going to post too and that has cleared it up.  Mark