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Oracle Solaris 11: Update on the Continuous Delivery Model

Tanmay Dhuri
Product Manager

The Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System (OS) is synonymous with three words: consistent, reliable, and secure. With Oracle Solaris OS being designed to deliver a consistent platform to run your enterprise applications, Oracle Solaris has become the most trusted solution for running both modern and legacy applications on the newest system hardware while providing the latest innovations. The Oracle Solaris platform combines the power of industry-standard security features, unique security and anti-malware capabilities, and compliance management tools for low-risk application deployments and cloud infrastructure. In its most recent release, Oracle Solaris 11.4 has already provided our customers with the latest features and observability tools and the list of new features in build grows with every SRU release.

Continuous Delivery

Oracle is committed to protecting your investment in Oracle Solaris and is mindful of your mission-critical environments and resources. Since January 2017, the Oracle Solaris 11 OS follows a Continuous Delivery Model, delivering new functionality as updates to the existing release. Oracle Solaris 11.4 (released August 2018), is our latest and greatest release, and Oracle Solaris is constantly evolving and updating each month. There have been 25 monthly Support Repository Updates (SRUs) delivered to date, with more than 560 security fixes, and more than 800 enhancement, including updates to many popular Free and Open Source Software components that are delivered with Oracle Solaris. Oracle is committed to supporting our Oracle Solaris customers until at least 2034, as shown in this official document.

This means you only need to be on the latest SRU release to take advantage of the most recent features and capabilities offered with Oracle Solaris 11.4. Oracle Support provides support for Oracle Solaris 11 through at least 2031 under Oracle Premier Support and through at least 2034 under Extended Support and allows access to all Oracle Solaris support updates. These dates will be evaluated for updates annually.


What’s Great About the Continuous Delivery Model

The Continuous Delivery Model for Oracle Solaris OS offers three key advantages:

  • Faster availability of the latest features
  • Preservation of customer and ISV qualification investments
  • Smooth transitions between updates

With new features and functionalities now being delivered through continuous and incremental releases or Support Readiness updates, we can reach users faster and empower them to adjust to the dynamic shifts in the industry. This approach not only helps provide our customers with an agile and smooth transition between releases but also helps assure investment protection.

Oracle’s commitment to providing ongoing investment in development and Oracle Premier Support, with new customer-driven features and no application upgrade requirements from the continuous innovation release, enables our customers to solely focus on business success.

The Oracle Solaris model is similar to the Continuous Innovation Model adopted by other Oracle applications like Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and Hyperion with Applications Unlimited, which re-assures our users that they need not worry about innovation and support till at least 2031.

In summary: instead of having major disruptive software releases using the conventional “Big Bang” approach, the Oracle Solaris OS follows a Continuous Delivery Model, making it more agile and easy for our customers to update.  Oracle Solaris 11.4 is the most recent rendition, currently on an SRU25 update, but more importantly, there are SRUs in the pipeline for frequent future releases.

Where can you learn more about Oracle Solaris?

For the most recent activities with Oracle Solaris, the Oracle Solaris blog should be your go-to resource. For other important information:


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