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G’day Enterprise Community!
I’m excited to share with you that the latest Enterprise release, Confluence 7.4, is now available! Similar to Jira Software 8.5 and Jira Service Desk 4.5, Confluence 7.4.0 is designated as an Enterprise release at launch. This release is devoted to raising the already high bar we’ve set for the quality, stability, and performance of our releases. We’ve focused on thorough testing and hardening of Confluence’s existing features to let you focus on planning your upgrade.
Read more for all the information and resources you’ll need to make your upgrade journey successful as you move to our newest Enterprise release.
Enterprise releases receive backported bug fixes and security updates throughout their two-year support window. If you manage a large, complex Confluence deployment that requires significant effort to upgrade, the ongoing support provided by an Enterprise release ensures you have access to regular bug and security fixes without needing to take on another major version upgrade. We aim to ship an Enterprise release roughly once every 12 months so that customers with long cycles can plan their upgrades accordingly.
We know that many of our customers on our last Enterprise release, Confluence 6.13, have been awaiting an Enterprise release on the new 7.x platform. Now, with the Confluence 7.4 Enterprise release, you’ll reap the benefits of the Confluence 7 platform and everything we’ve delivered since:
Upgrades to many Atlassian maintained libraries, and several third-party libraries including jQuery, Guava, and Spring framework to help us leverage recent improvements and move quickly if vulnerabilities are found in these libraries in the future
Removed 72,000 lines of deprecated code to drive better health for Confluence and Apps
Automatic clean-up of your Synchrony data to keep your database tables from growing too large over time (Synchrony is the engine that powers collaborative editing)
Support for more modern databases including MySQL 8, Oracle 19c, Postgres 10, and for Java 11 (also a long-term support version)
CDN support to improve geo-performance
Rate limiting to improve instance stability and self-protection
Advanced permissions management features for easier administration
And the cherry on top? No need for clustering to access Data Center features. You can now access Data Center features on your current infrastructure by simply applying a Data Center license.
New search experience that makes it easier to search, filter, and find the information you need to keep work moving forward
Companion app improvements that make it easier for you to keep track of the files you’ve opened for editing
Re-introduced support for Edit in Office since we know that editing files is a vital part of working productively in Confluence
Mobile device management (MDM) support for the Confluence Server & Data Center Android and iOS apps are now available
We understand that these upgrades can take time, so we recommend you begin planning sooner rather than later. Here are a few resources to help you prepare:
Data Center only: If you’re upgrading from Confluence 6.10 or later, you may want to put your site into read-only mode during your upgrade. This way, your users will be able to view pages, but not create or change them.
Feel free to share any questions or comments in the Comments section below!