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Nevis Lifecycle

What is this page about?

When using the Identity Suite, you have the choice between the two lifecycle models Rolling Release (RR) and Long Term Support (LTS). This chapter gives a detailed description of each model.

Rolling Release (RR)

What is it?

The Rolling Release focuses on delivering the latest and newest features every three months. In addition to general improvements and enhancements to the functionality of the software, there are security patches and functional bug fixes, which are also released every three months (February, May, August and November).

To benefit from the newest features, the highest security as well as our technical support, download and install each upgrade.

Is the Rolling Release model something for me?

If you prefer to get frequent upgrades to cutting-edge functionalities,then the Rolling Release will be the lifecycle model to go with.

When do I have to do what?

The Rolling Release has 3 months of Full Support followed by 4 months of Fade-Out Support.

Long Term Support (LTS)

What is it?

The Nevis LTS lifecycle model follows a fixed release cycle. New features are held back until a new major LTS release version is available, which happens after a predefined and fixed period of time. To ensure high stability, a minor LTS release does not provide any functional enhancements, only bug and security fixes.

Is the LTS model something for me?

You most likely want to choose the LTS lifecycle model if you favor stability over the newest and latest features.

When do I have to do what?

The LTS release has 2 years of Full Support followed by 1 year of Maintenance Support and 1 year of Extended Life Support. When combining Full Support with Maintenance and Extended Life Support, you can altogether benefit 4 years from one LTS major release version before you definitely have to change to the next major release.

Besides major version upgrades every two years, there are minor updates containing security patches and functional bug fixes that will be released every three months (February, May, August and November). To benefit from the highest security as well as our technical support, download and install each minor version update.

The following figure shows the LTS release lifecycle. Each minor release (the green blocks) gets technical support (grey blocks) for another 10 months, from the moment the next minor release has been released.

LTS release lifecycle

Further details

  • Find more details about the Rolling Release lifecycle model and the corresponding support periods here: [Rolling Release .
  • Find more details about the LTS lifecycle model and the corresponding lifecycle periods here: [Long Term Support .