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    Aleph and Oracle Extended Support: Oracle 11.1; Oracle 11.2.0.4

    • Article Type: Q&A
    • Product: Aleph
    • Product Version: 20, 21, 22, 23

    Question

    Aleph 20/Oracle 11.1

    Extended Support for Oracle 11.1 ended in August 2015. What are our options in regard to upgrading Aleph and Oracle? Will Ex Libris support for version 20 (which uses Oracle 11.1) be ending? What version of Oracle does Aleph 22 use?

     

    Aleph 21/22/23 - Oracle 11r2 / 12c 

    What are our options with Aleph 21, Aleph 22, and Aleph 23 in regard to Oracle versions and support?  

    Answer

    It's Ex Libris' policy to provide new fixes only for the current version and one version back. At this point in time (Feb. 2016) that's v23 and v22. But we continue providing advice and support which does *not* involve new fixes indefinitely. (If you encounter a problem which is fixed in a Service Pack which you have not yet applied, you are, of course, still able to apply that Service Pack.)

     

    Aleph 20
    Thus, we have already stopped providing new fixes and Service Packs for versions 20 and 21. But there are not likely to be significant new problems requiring fixes with Aleph 20 or 21.  They have been in use by many customers over many years.

    The situation with Oracle is similar: Extended Support for 11.1 ended in Aug. 2015.  Sites continuing to use 11.1 have needed to switch to Sustaining Support. As described at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/oracle-lifetime-support-policy-faq-069234.pdf , Sustaining Support does not include "new updates, fixes, security alerts, datafixes, or critical patch updates".

    Thus, the minute you switch off of Extended Support, there's the chance, though small, that there could be some critical vulnerability discovered in Oracle which would be fixable only by going to a new version of Oracle (and Aleph).

    Also, there could be enhancements to third-party products (such as Java, Perl, etc.) which could be implemented only with the higher version of Oracle (or Aleph).

    Though we can not make any guarantee, it seems likely that being under Sustaining Support for Oracle 11.1 for a few years should be OK. But if the plan is to use Aleph beyond, say, Aug. 2017, it is best to go to Aleph 22/23 and Oracle 11.2.0.4/12c before Aug. 2015 or as soon as possible after.

     

    Aleph 21/22
    As described in Article  Aleph version / Oracle version relationships  https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/..._relationships ,  Aleph 22 is using Oracle version 11.2.0.4 (11r2).  Per https://blogs.oracle.com/UPGRADE/ent...e_for_extended   Extended Support for 11.2.0.4 will last until December 2020.

    Also per the article, Aleph 21, which is using Oracle 11.2.0.3, is certified for upgrade to Oracle 11.2.0.4 (11r2).  As noted in the preceding sentence,  Extended Support for Oracle 11.2.0.4 will last until December 2020.

     

    Aleph 23

    As also seen at  https://mikedietrichde.com/2017/01/27/release-dates-oracle-database-12-2-0-1-on-prem-extended-support-waiving-for-oracle-11-2-0-4-12-1-0-2/ ,  Extended Support for Oracle 12.1 (Oracle 12c) will last until July 2021. 

    Note:  Aleph 23.3 will run with Oracle 12.2, whose Extended Support will last until 2025!

    Category: System Management (500)


    • Article last edited: 19-Apr-2018