SES Evolution Life Cycle management policy
This document sets out the management policy for the life cycle of SES Evolution products by elaborating on its standard stages. Its goal is to provide maximum visibility over how products in the SES Evolution range will evolve.
Stormshield is a brand of security solutions. As such, our mission is to provide our clients with high-quality products capable of meeting their expectations and requirements in terms of security, robustness and performance.
The quality of Stormshield SES Evolution software is ensured by the definition and implementation of clear and documented processes. This document indicates the stages in the life cycle of our products and the associated rules.
SES Evolution software is deemed as supported when the version has been tested and validated by our quality teams and runs as expected with all supported operating systems.
For SES Evolution products, three types of software versions are identified.
Major versions (X)
These versions include disruptive features and may also include fixes, incremental features and feature enhancements. Disruptive features drastically change the way the product is used, can have an impact on the previous behavior of the product and can entail major modifications to the look&feel of the GUI. A configuration change or a dedicated upgrade procedure may be required in order to update to such versions. Major versions can also be candidates for the removal of obsolete features.
Minor versions (X.Y)
These versions essentially include feature enhancements and may also include incremental features and fixes.
Corrective versions (X.Y.Z)
These versions include only vulnerability or functional fixes.
Fixes are always done in the version following the current minor version. For example, a problem detected in version 2.1.0 while version 2.3.0 has already been released, will be fixed in version 2.3.1 or higher.
“EA” (Early Adopter) label
Major or minor versions with this label provide important new features which have not been massively deployed yet in production by our customers. If you do not need any of the new features in your production environment, we recommend that you choose a standard version for greater stability.
The EA label is not associated to a version over the long term and it will be removed when the next corrective version is released.