Are you currently running Oracle 12c (version 188.8.131.52) and have heard that it is soon to reach end of life? Released in 2013, it may be a surprise to find out that this is taking place so soon. So what does this mean for your organisation and what can you do next? Read on to find out more.
What’s Going To Happen?
Oracle 12c has been winding down for a while, but will reach end of life in July 2022. Premier support for Oracle 12c users officially ended towards the latter part of 2020, with error correction and patching being unsupported for all users from the summer of this year.
What Does This Mean For You?
When Oracle 12c reaches end-of-life, you will no longer have access to fixes for errors that occur. If you no longer have a fully supported platform, then this could leave your data open to corruption or loss if you encounter issues in the future. You can read more about the different version of Oracle here.
How Is Compliance Impacted?
Risks to your data are not the only considerations that you will need to make. Running an end-of-life platform is not suggested in the current climate of increased compliance. Your organisation may find that your compliance eligibility is impacted by running a platform that is no longer fully supported.
What Can You Do Next?
In order to keep your valuable data safe, it is important to consider what you will do next when Oracle 12c comes to end of life. The best way to remain compliant and to get the support you need for your database is to upgrade to a newer version of Oracle.
If you have not started planning for your upgrade or migration, bear in mind that the size of your database matters. Depending on your overall size, making a shift to a new or upgraded platform can take some time. Planning ahead could save a lot of headaches during the transition.
It can be difficult to know how to act and what to do next when your database reaches end of life. If you are an Oracle 12c user who wants to explore your options, then get in touch with Xynomix to find out more about how we can support you during these changes. You can also view the entire Oracle database here!