Red Hat Ceph Storage Life Cycle

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Overview

Red Hat Ceph Storage provides software-defined storage architecture that is highly scalable and which can be integrated with both cloud and virtualization applications and legacy infrastructure.

Red Hat offers services for each major release of Red Hat Ceph Storage:

  • Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.1 offered with 18 months of Production Support
  • Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.2 offered with 18 months of Production Support
  • Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.3 offered with 36 months of Production Support
  • Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.0 offered with 36 months of Production Support

Details

Software changes to Red Hat Ceph Storage are delivered through individual updates known as errata advisories. These advisories are delivered through the Red Hat Customer Portal or other authorized portals. Errata advisories can be released individually on an as-needed basis or aggregated as a minor release. Errata advisories may contain security fixes (Red Hat Security Advisories or RHSAs), bug fixes (Red Hat Bug Fix Advisories or RHBAs), or feature enhancements (Red Hat Enhancement Advisories or RHEAs). All errata advisories are tested and qualified against the respective, active Red Hat Ceph Storage major release.

All released errata advisories remain accessible to active subscribers for the entire Red Hat Ceph Storage life cycle. Within each major release of Red Hat Ceph Storage, any errata advisory (including one released as part of a minor release) will be applied cumulatively to the latest release of Red Hat Ceph Storage, including any patch sets.

During the life cycle of a major release, Red Hat makes commercially reasonable efforts to maintain binary compatibility for the core runtime environment across all minor releases and errata advisories. If necessary, Red Hat may make exceptions to this compatibility goal for Critical impact security or other significant issues.

The following table details the subscription services, including support and software maintenance, performed during each phase of the Red Hat Ceph Storage life cycle:

Description Production Phase
Access to previously released content through the Red Hat Customer Portal Yes
Self help through the Red Hat Customer Portal Yes
Technical Support1 Unlimited
Asynchronous Security Errata (RHSA) Yes
Asynchronous Bug Fix Errata (RHBA)2 Yes

1. Technical Support depends on the service level included in your Red Hat Ceph Storage subscription agreement.
2. Red Hat may choose, as a temporary measure, to address catastrophic issues with a significant customer business impact with a hotfix while the Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory (RHBA) is being created.

Production Phase

Production Phase 1 (1 year)

  • Qualified Critical and Important Security Advisories (RHSAs) and Urgent and selected High Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories may be delivered as appropriate
  • If applicable, select enhanced software functionality may be provided at the discretion of Red Hat
  • Minor releases will also include available and qualified errata advisories (RHSAs, RHBAs, and RHEAs). Minor releases are cumulative and include the contents of previously released updates.

Additionally, and only during this phase:

  • Customers and Partners have the ability to request new features which are introduced upstream to be selectively backported, pending the review of Red Hat Product Management and Engineering, until the end of this phase
  • The installer components may be updated until the end of this phase

The end of Phase-1 support is announced with the last point release in this phase, at the time of release and no sooner.

Production Phase 2 (2 years)

  • Qualified Critical and Important Security Advisories (RHSAs) and Urgent and selected High Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories may be delivered as appropriate

Red Hat Ceph Storage Upgrade Policy

Red Hat will provide a supported upgrade path between major releases of Red Hat Ceph Storage. Please refer to the product documentation for install or upgrade procedures.

Red Hat does not support updating from an alpha, beta, release-candidate, or other pre-release builds.

In these cases, the upgrade process will support upgrading between consecutive releases.

For example, the process would support upgrading from Red Hat Ceph Storage 1 to Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, but not upgrading from Red Hat Ceph Storage 1 to Red Hat Ceph Storage 3.

Life Cycle Dates

Red Hat Ceph Storage Release General Availability End of Product life cycle
Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.1 February 4, 2014 July 31, 2015
Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.2 July 16, 2014 May 31, 2016
Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.3 June 25, 2015 June 30, 2018
Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.x August 25, 2016 August 22, 2019

NOTE: Red Hat Ceph Storage does not offer Extended Update Support (see http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux-add-ons/extended-update-support for details).

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