Product Life Cycle
SFTPPlus versions are released based on MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH Semantic Versioning specification / standard.
A MAJOR version is released to introduce new features, remove functionalities which have become obsolete, or add features not compatible with previous versions. Major releases are supported for at least 3 years after the initial release of the following major version.
MINOR versions are released based on a rolling update development model at intervals varying between 30 to 60 days.
PATCH versions are released as soon as a defect is fixed, usually one week after it has been initially discovered and reported. Security issues have top priority and a fix is released in one or two days.
SFTPPlus version 3 is the only version under active development.
New features are added with each minor release.
It includes both Server and Client functionality, which are licensed separately.
Versions which are no longer under active development, but are still supported, will continue to receive security bugfix updates. No new features are added to version which are no longer under active development.
Each functionality provided by SFTPPlus is covered by a suite of automated tests to be executed before each release. This significantly reduces the risk of introducing defects. Defects might still occur due to errors in the testing process itself or because a certain functionality was not fully covered by the designed tests.
Any release of the SFTPPlus product which constitutes a part of a major release series comes with the promise that the configuration is backward and forward compatible.
If a defect is detected after upgrading to a new minor SFTPPlus release, installing the previous release is a straightforward process. No configuration migration is required.
Every release of SFTPPlus is provided with an exhaustive list of changes, that not only describes the new functionalities or the fixed defects, but also includes any possible side effects for upgrading to a specific version.
An erroneous functionality might be considered a defect for a certain operation, while another operation might take advantage of the erroneous behaviour and consider it a feature.
By providing extensive release notes, we hope to reduce the chances of ending up with an upgraded system which operates in an unexpected way.
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Product Life Cycle
The current major release is version 3, released on 17/08/2015. It has no planned ending date for support, as version 4 has not yet been released.
From version 2 onwards, each release includes support for security updates and bug fixes for a period of 3 years after the release of the following major version.
For example, version 2 is supported for 3 years after the initial release of version 3.
Prior to version 2, a product was supported for 3 years after the release of the initial version.
From version 2 onwards, all minor problems and bugfix releases will have the same support life as the initial major release.
For example, version 2.3.0 or version 2.3.1 will all have the same support life as version 2.0.0.
SFTPPlus Server version 2, no longer under active development, was released on 08/04/2013 with support until 17/09/2018 - 3 years after version 3 was released.
SFTPPlus Client version 1, no longer under active development, was active between 2005 and 2015 and it continues to be supported until 17/09/2019 - 4 years after version 3 was released.
SFTPPlus Server version 1.8, no longer supported, was released on 03/10/2012 with support until 08/04/2017 - 4 years after version 2 was released - end of life reached.
SFTPPlus Server version 1.7, no longer supported, was released on 01/08/2011 with support until 01/08/2014 - 3 years from initial release - end of life reached.
SFTPPlus Server version 1.6, no longer supported, was released on 01/03/2011 with support until 01/03/2014 - 3 years from initial release - end of life reached.
Installing older versions
As long as you have a valid standard support contract, you can install any of the supported versions, even if it is not the latest version.
You will benefit from the same level of technical support and documentation as with the latest version. There is one exception. Older versions will only be patched to fix security issues and other bugs. No new functionality will be added to older versions.
For versions which are out of standard support you can request an extended support contract. With an extended support contract, you can continue to receive security fixes and technical support.
Extended support contracts are subject to case by case evaluation and are provided as a best/reasonable effort.
If you need extended support, please request it as soon as possible to be aware of your needs. That way we can continue to maintain the internal testing infrastructure required to support that version.