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Oracle Solaris Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model

Ikroop Dhillon
Principal Product Manager

Oracle Solaris is moving to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment in the vast array of ISV applications available on Oracle Solaris 11 today.  New features and functionality will be delivered in Oracle Solaris through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases, consistent with trends seen throughout the industry.  This addresses customer requirements for an agile and smooth transition path between versions, while providing ongoing innovation with assured investment protection.  By moving to a continuous delivery model based on Oracle Solaris 11, customers will have a seamless update experience to better fit their move to agile deployment models.  

Customers can be confident that we plan to release new innovations into Oracle Solaris 11 in an ongoing manner.  The Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris roadmap has been updated to reflect this new strategy.



As we will deliver new features and capabilities as part of Oracle Solaris 11, we have extended the Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 Premier and Extended Support lifespans to January 2031 and January 2034, respectively.  Support dates are evaluated for update annually, and will be provided through at least the dates above.  For more information, see page 34 of the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle and Sun Systems Software

The Oracle Solaris continuous delivery model has been silently in place for some time and is now the official delivery mechanism going forward. Oracle Solaris customers under Premier Support receive regular innovation, bug fix, and security vulnerability updates through both dot releases and Oracle Solaris 11 Support Repository Updates, as well as 24/7 access to Oracle systems specialists and online access to knowledge, proactive tools and communities.  There are no changes to Oracle Solaris licensing or Premier Support pricing associated with this model.

Oracle Solaris on SPARC remains the enterprise leader in security, scalability, and reliability for mission critical computing and continues to deliver tremendous business value for customers in both cloud and on-premise deployments.  Oracle Solaris is available in the Oracle Cloud today with SPARC Model 300 and as a guest OS in the Oracle Compute Cloud Service.  Additional Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris based offerings for the Oracle Cloud and on-premise deployments are expected to be provided in the future.  View this video to learn more about the Oracle SPARC and Solaris platform strategy directly from John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Systems at Oracle.


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Comments ( 6 )
  • guest Monday, January 23, 2017

    What about Developer Studio?


  • Lockerby Monday, January 23, 2017

    How does this effect the EOSL for Solaris 10? It's not on the roadmap and as there's no mention of Solaris 12, does the support for Solaris 10 extend?


  • Glynn Monday, January 23, 2017

    No change to Developer Studio. The Oracle Developer Studio tools are integral to unlocking the performance potential and applications on Oracle SPARC hardware. They provide developers with the features needed to more easily leverage advanced SPARC features, such as Silicon Secured Memory. As such, we will continue to support and enhance the compilers and productivity tools to track future Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris releases. We are actively developing the next release of Oracle Developer Studio.


  • Glynn Monday, January 23, 2017

    No changes to the EOSL for Solaris 10 - those are already covered in our Lifetime Support Policy document: http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-hardware-301321.pdf


  • guest Thursday, January 26, 2017

    will support solaris 11.next on x86 continue?


  • Glynn Monday, February 6, 2017

    Yes, support for x86 based systems will continue.


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