TigerGraph Release And Patch Process
TigerGraph is committed to providing the most scalable, most secure, and highest performing enterprise-grade graph database.
To meet our commitment, we follow a release cadence that allows us to regularly deliver product and service improvements in the form of new features, enhancements, bug fixes and security patches.
Our ultimate goal is to conduct Full releases monthly to ensure rapid product advancement. Between Full releases we may conduct Maintenance releases as necessary, which include bug fixes. That being said, we don’t recommend customers to adopt more than one release per quarter if there are no bug fixes or new features their workload depends on.
In addition to Full releases and Maintenance releases, occasionally TigerGraph will provide a One-Off patch for a selected set of existing releases that may or may not impact all customers. These are used to address security vulnerabilities or critical bugs in a timely manner.
In summary, the TigerGraph release types are:
This article describes the process we follow for these three types of releases.
For Full and Maintenance releases, we use sequence-based identifiers in the format major.minor.patch.
Here, major is a number and increment for the most significant releases, minor is an incrementable number for less significant releases, and patch is a number for the patch release.
For example, in the release version 3.5.2, the major version is 3, the minor version is 5, and the patch version is 2.
Our documentation (found at docs.tigergraph.com) is updated with a new branch when the major or minor version number changes. We do not provide a new documentation branch for patch releases. Instead, we may update the corresponding major.minor version’s documents.
A Full release is a planned product roadmap release, where either the major or the minor number in the release version name is changed. Either the minor number is increased, leaving the major number unchanged, or the major number is increased and the minor number is reset to 0.
A Full release’s name is usually major.minor.0, abbreviated as major.minor. It may include any of the following:
Feature enhancements or updates
In addition, the following documentation deliverables accompany a Full release:
Notification: Full releases will be announced on our documentation website. TigerGraph’s Customer Success team will also proactively share the release notes with existing customers.
Upgrades: Customers using a legacy release can refer to the upgrade section of the online documentation to plan a server upgrade or open a support ticket.
A Maintenance release is a release version that only includes fixes for the most recent one or two Full releases. It will only be created when a set of critical bug fixes has accumulated before the next planned Full release.
Depending on the schedule, if we have a Full release planned at the same time, a Maintenance release may not be necessary. If a Maintenance release applies to version major.minor.patch, then its name will be major.minor.(patch+1). If needed, additional Maintenance releases will be published to address any issues that are encountered during or after the release process.
Notification: Maintenance releases are announced on our documentation website in a subsection of the Release Notes. TigerGraph’s Customer Success team will proactively share the release notes with existing customers.
Upgrades: The Maintenance release upgrade process is the same as the upgrade guidance in a Full release, as documented in the Upgrade section of the documentation. Depending on the urgency of the patch, our Customer Success team may reach out to customers to discuss the upgrade of a Patch release.
In some instances, a One-Off patch is released for a Full or Maintenance release to address critical security issues or critical bugs. Unlike Maintenance releases, a one-off patch is usually an urgent point fix, meaning that it will not wait for other fixes.
One-off patches are released as the situation demands. They could be universal, applicable to all customers, or specific, applicable to a handful of customers who have deployed a TigerGraph product under a certain environment.
Notification: As a One-Off patch is being developed, the Customer Success team will reach out to the affected customers to inform them of the discovered issue and the immediate remediation plan while the patch is under development.
Application of the patch: After the patch is developed and has gone through the release certification process, the technical support team will email customers instructions on downloading and applying the patch.
Post-release: Since a One-Off patch is for timely fixing of urgent issues, post-release it will be merged immediately with the new Full and Maintenance releases.
For customers who subscribe to TigerGraph’s Managed Service, our Cloud Engineering team will apply upgrades for backward compatible changes or One-Off patches transparently when the release is available or during the customer-notified system maintenance window (in situations requiring system downtime).
For releases with non-backward compatible changes, the TigerGraph Customer Success team will reach out to customers to discuss opt-out or opt-in choices.
Should the customer choose to opt-in, our Cloud Engineering team will coordinate and perform the upgrade for the customer.