XAP Lifecycle and End-of-Life Policy
This page explains GigaSpaces’ product lifecycle’s End-of-Life (EOL) policy relating to GigaSpaces’ products and related third-party products, extended support, upgrade path, and available assistance. The page also provides a product support roadmap to assist GigaSpaces’ customers with future planning. All customers should refer to the specific service list they purchased to determine the specific level of support to which they are entitled.
GigaSpaces XAP Lifecycle Policy
The common GigaSpaces XAP product lifecycle policy is based on the following guidelines (unless stated otherwise in your service contract):
- New policy change: For all XAP versions, GigaSpaces provides technical product support for 2 years, starting from next upcoming public GA of the release of the relevant product version.
- Effective as of the official Support Discontinuance Date (2 years starting from next upcoming public GA) these versions will no longer be supported under a standard support agreement. Extended Support may be available for an additional limited period, for an extra fee. Please contact GigaSpaces’ Customer Service for more information.
- Maintenance releases (Service Packs) are scheduled to be publicly available every 6-8 weeks and are driven by customer feedback. The above, is the planned schedule however does not constitute a firm commitment to produce a release at every such interval.
GigaSpaces products reach the end of their Product Lifecycle for a number of reasons, including product evolution due to market requirements, and replacement by more advanced versions with richer functionality.
GigaSpaces recognizes that end-of-life milestones often have a broad impact on GigaSpaces’ customers in their IT environment. With that in mind, we have put out a long-term end-of-life policy, which we publish in advance, to assist customers with the management of their transition to newer versions, and to help customers understand how GigaSpaces’ Customer Service can help with the migration of applications.
- Extended Support (beyond the Support Discontinuance Date) enables you to upgrade your systems to the most recent version, beyond the Support Discontinuance Date. Extended Support may be available for a limited period, for an extra fee. It includes telephone support and access to a web support portal.
- During this time, temporary patches will be available, but service packs are not planned.
- Extended Support and maintenance services for GigaSpaces products are given on the condition that the customer has already paid all the standard support and maintenance service fees owed up to the time Extended Support is required.
- To extend your support beyond a release’s Support Discontinuance Date, please contact GigaSpaces’ Customer Support.
Upgrade Path and Assistance
- Upgrading will ensure that you are leveraging all of the bug fixes and improvements of the most current version, and will ensure our ability to properly support you should you encounter any issues. Furthermore, GigaSpaces has made tremendous improvements in scalability, stability, performance, user experience, and functionality in version 12.1. Upgrading your application to the latest 12.1 version and migrating to our latest best practices will ensure you leverage the XAP technology to its fullest potential, minimizing deployment risks, while shortening project cycle times. GigaPro are modular consultancy and professional services designed to ensure smooth and effective deployment of GigaSpaces solutions.
- The recommended upgrade path is to the latest GigaSpaces XAP 12.1 series of editions. Please refer to this Upgrade Guide for more details.
- Customers on annual subscription can upgrade to latest release as well.
Supporting the new version rollout process, tuning, and stability
System Architecture Design
XAP Delta Core Training (Educational program as part of GigaSpaces University)
Assisted Development Services During Upgrade – up on demand
Code & System Review
Upgraded Production Environment Setup
Extended Rollout Support
Product Releases Plan & End of Life Retirement Calendar
|Product Release ||GA Date||Last Maintenance Service Pack Release||Planned Next Maintenance Service Pack Release ||Support Discontinuance (“End of Life”) |
|R4.x||April 2005||R4.1 b1185||No Plans||April 2008|
|R5.1||Sep 2006||R5.1 b1603||No Plans||September 2008|
|R5.2 b1708||Dec 2006||R5.2.3 b1780 on June 2007||No Plans||June 2009|
|R6.0 b1855||Aug 2007||R6.0.5 b2150 on May 2007||No Plans||August 2009 |
|R6.6 b2601 (or R6.5)||Sep 2008||R6.6.5 b3320 on June 2009||No Plans||September 2010 |
|R7.0 b3500||July 2009||R7.0.4 b4100 on July 2010||No Plans||July 2011|
|R7.1 b4300||April 2010||R7.1.4 b4750 on February 2011||No Plans||April 2012 |
|R8.0 b5000||January 2011||R8.0.8 b6380 on March 2013||No Plans||January 2013|
|R9.0 b6500||May 2012||R9.0.2 b6900 on Aug 2012||No Plans||October 2014|
|R9.1 b7500||Oct. 2012||R9.1.2 b7920 on Feb 2013||No Plans||April 2015|
|R9.5 b8500||April 2013||R9.5.2 b8900 on Aug 2013||No Plans||July 2015|
|R9.6 b9500||July 2013||R9.6.2 b9900 on Oct 2013||No Plans||January 2016|
|R9.7 b10496||Jan 2014||R9.7.2 b11000 on Feb 2015||No Plans||July 2016|
|R10.0||July 2014||R10.0.1 b11800 on Aug 2014||R10.0.2||March 2017|
|R10.1 b12600||March 2015||R10.1.1 b12800 on April 2015||No Plans||July 2017|
|R10.2 b13800||July 2015||R10.2.1 b14000 on November 2015||No Plans||April 2018|
|R11.0 b14800||April 2016||No Plans||July 2018|
|R12.0 b16000||July 2016||R12.0.1 b 16600 on September 2016||No Plans|
 Product Releases – GigaSpaces R4.x and R5.x refer to all editions including the Enterprise (EE), Caching (EDG) and Community editions. R6.x refers to all editions including the XAP, Caching (EDG) and Community editions.
 Planned Maintenance Service Pack Release – Planned dates for release of additional service packs for the specific GigaSpaces version. These dates are provided for planning purposes only, are subject to change at any time and are not to be considered commitments.
 Release End of Life Retirement Date – effective date of the standard support and service discontinuance. Extended Support might be available beyond this date.
 Extended Support currently available
JVM & Third-Party End-Of-Life Policy
- Java SE 1.4 EOL – based on information made publicly available by Sun Microsystems, as of October 30th 2008, Java SE 1.4 SDK has reached its End of Service Life (EOSL).
- Java SE 1.5 EOL – based on information made publicly available by Sun Microsystems, as of October 30th 2009, Java SE 1.5 SDK has reached its End of Service Life (EOSL).
- Sun also ceased to support the J2SE 1.4 and 1.5 JVMs. In addition, the two other major JVM vendors, namely IBM and Oracle, announced their limited ability to support these JVMs in light of Sun’s announcement. This in turn will limit GigaSpaces’ ability to provide support for applications running on these JVMs. However, we will continue to support GigaSpaces XAP editions up to 6.6 (for Java 1.4) and up to version 7.1 (for java 1.5) in these environments on a best-effort basis. Customers concerned about this EOL announcement are encouraged to contact their JDK vendor to explore the extended support entitlements beyond the stated EOL period.
- GigaSpaces recommends that customers upgrade to a fully-supported environment, such as the latest GigaSpaces XAP 12.1 and the latest Java 1.7 SDK.
- Please note that from version 7.0 onwards, GigaSpaces XAP will no longer support the Java 1.4 SDK, and will require the use of Java 1.5 SDK or higher.
- Please note that from version 8.0 onwards, GigaSpaces XAP will no longer support the Java 1.5 SDK, and will require the use of Java 1.6 SDK or higher. For details about Java 1.4 & 1.5 SDK EOL, please refer to the following page:http://java.sun.com/products/archive/eol.policy.html
- For more details please refer to the page which discusses the third-party products shipped with GigaSpaces.