Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

No patches anymore for Oracle Database

Just in case you've missed the date please be aware:

No bug fixes, no patches, no CPU/SPUs, no PSUs, no BPs will be produced for Oracle Database since Augugst 28, 2015

I know from the many emails I'm receiving that people are a bit disturbed since the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy brochure (Lifetime Support Policy and Brochure for Technology Products ) doesn't talk explicitly about patch sets but offers support for Oracle 11.2 until January 2018.

Oracle 11.2 Lifetime Support Policy

But this - as always - applies to the terminal patch set only - i.e. Oracle Database

For a detailed description please see MOS Note:742060.1 and my previous blog posts from:

I have visited customers with hundreds of Oracle databases in the past months. If you are now sitting there with one or many or many many Oracle instances don't even think of moving to Oracle The amount of work you'll spend in evaluating Oracle is exactly the same as testing Oracle Move to Oracle Database - NOW!

Waived Extended Support for Oracle Database will end in less than 5 months.

And keep in mind: there's no such thing as a 2nd release anymore. Every patch set release is a full release - no matter if we talk about or Both have new features, new behavior etc etc.


Monday Oct 08, 2012

OOW 2012:
Kings of Leon & Pearl Jam - Appreciation Event

June 15, 1992 - that was actually the day when Pearl Jam played their first concert in Serenadenhof in my hometown, Nürnberg. Oups ... that's over 20 years ago ... ;-)

So I was so happy to get a ticket to this year's OOW 2012 appreciation event on Treasure Island. Every year it amazes me over and over again how the organizers manage it logistically to bring almost 40,000 people to and back from the island. Food was ... I would say fairly ok ... and beer (as always) is not - actually even though I'm not a beer drinker I wouldn't call it beer

Kings of Leon did start. I like them a lot and owe their 2008 album Only By Night. That was a good start to warm up the crowd.

And then Pearl Jam took over - and ... wooooooow ... they are such a great live band. First of all as far as I understood they were donating the money they've got for that gig to an NGO. And Eddie Vedder's voice is simply striking ... I had shivers running down my spine. They played a good excerpt of their +20 years career closing down with Alive at the very end. It seemed to everybody that the band had real fun playing there - and it was sooooo good. Thanks a lot to the person who did organize me a ticket :-)

Catching my bus back to my hotel area down at Fisherman's Wharf worked well - but I must have fallen asleep 5 minutes after we've left the parking lot. The next thing I did recognize was the bus driver pushing the breaks at Northpoint. What a wonderful night ...


Mike Dietrich - Oracle Mike Dietrich
Master Product Manager - Database Upgrade & Migrations - Oracle

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