Expected Platform Matrix changes in the next major release of VM

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Many of the most common questions about new releases revolve around the platform matrix. What operating systems will be supported? Will it support the latest browsers? When will the older versions of the database be dropped from the matrix? These questions are important because you need time to plan for any changes that are happening - either with your own environment or due to changing support within the product. To help with any such decisions, I'd like to share our current thoughts about what is changing in the next major release of Version Manager. The next major release is tentatively planned for release summer 2016.

 Disclaimer: All the information below represents current expectations but may change without notice.

Operating Systems

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
Windows (Server Editions)
None
Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit, x64)
Windows Server 2008 EE (32-bit, x86)
 
Windows Server 2012 (64-bit, x64)
Windows Server 2003 R2 EE (64-bit,x64 & 32-bit, x86)
 
Windows Server 2008 R2 EE (64-bit, x64)
 
Windows (Desktop Editions)
Windows 10 (64-bit, x64 & 32-bit, x86)
Windows 8.1 (64-bit, x64 & 32-bit, x86)
Windows XP Pro SP3 (32-bit, x86)
 
Windows 8 (64-bit, x64 & 32-bit, x86)
 
 
Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit, x64 & 32-bit, x86)
 
Solaris
None
Solaris 11 (64-bit, SPARC)
None
 
Solaris 10 Update 9 (64-bit, SPARC)
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
RHEL 7 (64-bit, x64)
RHEL 6.x (64-bit, x64)
RHEL 6.x (32-bit, x86)
   
RHEL 5.0 (32-bit, x86)
   
RHEL 5.0 (64-bit, x64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
SLES 12 (64-bit, x64)
SLES 11 (64-bit, x64)
SLES 10 (64-bit, x64)
   
SLES 11 (32-bit, x86)
   
SLES 10 (32-bit, x86)
IBM AIX
None
AIX 7.1 (64-bit, PowerPC)
None
 
AIX 6.1 (64-bit, PowerPC)
 
     
Hewlett-Packard UNIX, HP-UX
None
HP-UX 11.31 (64-bit, Itanium)
HP-UX 11.31 (64-bit, PA_RISC)
 
HP-UX 11.23 (64-bit, Itanium)
HP-UX 11.23 (64-bit, PA-RISC)
As you can see, the biggest change is a move to support only 64-bit server operating systems. This is a trend occurring across the industry, e.g. all editions of Windows Server since 2008 R2 are 64-bit only, and AIX, HP-UX and Solaris have been 64-bit for a long time.
As part of this change, the Serena VM Web Application Server will only be supported on 64-bit operating systems. The VM Desktop Client continues to be supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Desktop operating systems.

Web Servers

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
Apache 2.4.x
IIS 8.x
IIS 7.0
 
IIS 7.x
IIS 6.0
 
Apache 2.2.x
Sun Java System Web Server 7.0
   
Sun Java System Web Server 6.1
   
Sun One Web Server 7.0
   
Apache 2.0
   
Apache 1.3
The removal of IIS 7.0 and 6.0 coincide with the removal of their respective Windows Server versions (2008, 2003).

Java Runtime in VM Web Client & Eclipse RIDE

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
None
Java 8 (JRE 1.8)
Java 6 (JRE 1.6)
 
Java 7 (JRE 1.7)
 
RAD comes with its own JDK and Version Manager only supports RAD with that JDK.
The Built-in JRE will be changed from Java 7 (JRE 1.7) to Java 8 (JRE 1.8).

Browsers

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
None
Internet Explorer 11
Internet Explorer 9.0
 
Internet Explorer 10
Internet Explorer 8.0
 
Mozilla Firefox 10.0
Google Chrome
Google Chrome no longer supports Java plugins required for Version Manager to operate.

Application Server

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
None
Tomcat 7.0.x
None

3rd Party Integrations

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
Rational Application Developer 9.0
ActivClient 7.0.2 (Windows)
Visual Studio .NET 2005
PowerBuilder 12.6
ActivClient 6.2 (Windows)
Rational Rose Enterprise 2002
Eclipse 4.5 (32 bit & 64 bit)
ActivClient 3.0 (Linux)
Rational Software Architect 7.5
Eclipse 4.4 64 bit
Visual Studio 2015
Rational Application Developer 8.0
Eclipse 4.3 64 bit
Visual Studio 2013
Cold Fusion Studio 9.0
Eclipse 4.2 64 bit
Visual Studio 2012 (SP4)
PowerBuilder 11.5
Eclipse 3.7 64 bit
Visual Studio 2010 (SP1)
 
 
Visual Studio .NET 2008 (SP1)
 
 
Rational Application Developer 8.5
 
 
Eclipse 4.4 32 bit
 
 
Eclipse 4.3 32 bit
 
 
Eclipse 4.2 32bit
 
 
Eclipse 3.7 32bit
 
Notes: IDEs that use the SCC protocol are generally supported by VM, providing the IDE adheres to the MSSCCI specs. Should you encounter issues, please contact Serena Support and/or your IDE vendor.

Serena Products

Additions
Unchanged
Removals
SBM 11
SBM 10.1.x
Serena Business Manager 2009 R4.03
   
Serena Business Manager 2009 R3
   
Serena Business Manager 2009 R2.01
   
Serena Business Manager 2009 R1.04
 

Conclusion

I hope that sharing this information ahead of time helps you better plan your environment for the next major release of Serena Version Manager. If you have any questions or comments, do feel free to contact me or post them below.

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