Oracle Solaris Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on January 26, 2024

Oracle Solaris is a proprietary Unix operating system that provides a highly efficient and scalable solution that sits at the platform’s core. Workstations and servers running x86-64 and SPARC are supported. It is renowned for its scalability, speed, reliability, and cutting-edge technologies like ZFS and DTrace.

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.

Testing

The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.

Active

The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.

Version

Released

Premier Support

Extended Support

Solaris 11.4
5 years and 9 months ago
(28 August 2018)
Ends in 7 years and 4 months
(1 November 2031)
Ends in 10 years and 4 months
(1 November 2034)
Solaris 11.3
8 years and 7 months ago
(26 October 2015)
Ended 3 years and 5 months ago
(1 January 2021)
Ends in 2 years and 6 months
(1 January 2027)
Solaris 11.2
10 years and 1 month ago
(29 April 2014)
Not Supported
Unavailable
Solaris 11.1
11 years and 7 months ago
(3 October 2012)
Not Supported
Unavailable
Solaris 11
12 years and 6 months ago
(9 November 2011)
Not Supported
Unavailable
Solaris 10
19 years and 4 months ago
(31 January 2005)
Ended 6 years and 5 months ago
(1 January 2018)
Ends in 2 years and 6 months
(1 January 2027)
Solaris 9
22 years ago
(28 May 2002)
Ended 12 years and 8 months ago
(1 October 2011)
Ended 9 years and 8 months ago
(1 October 2014)
Solaris 8
24 years and 4 months ago
(1 February 2000)
Ended 15 years and 3 months ago
(1 March 2009)
Ended 12 years and 3 months ago
(1 March 2012)

Oracle Solaris support is based on the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy, which essentially provides 3 tiers of support:

  • Premier Support: Available for a minimum of 10 years from the day of general availability. It provides access to technical support, bug and security fixes, and upgrade scripts, and is included with the purchase of an Oracle Solaris license.

  • Extended Support: Available for an additional 3 years from the end of the Premier Support. It provides access to technical support, bug and security fixes, upgrade scripts, and regulatory updates. This support model incurs an additional cost.

  • Sustaining Support: Available indefinitely from the end of the Extended Support period or, if Extended Support was not purchased, from the end of the Premier Support period. It provides major product and technology releases, technical support, and access to critical patch updates created during the Premier and Extended Support periods. Of course, all this is for an additional cost.

To learn more about the support lifecycle for Oracle Solaris , read the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy.