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We know that many of you have been awaiting the next LTS release for Bitbucket Data Center. To help you plan the upgrade in advance, we want to let you know that Bitbucket Data Center 8.9 will be our next LTS release (planned for Q1 calendar year '23). If you plan to upgrade only once in the next 12 months, we recommend moving to this version when it becomes available.
Bitbucket Data Center 8.9 will be the first LTS on Btibucket’s 8.0 platform, allowing you to benefit from an array of features including, but not limited to:
Bitbucket Mesh is a horizontally scalable distributed Git storage that is purposely built for high Git performance and adds high availability to repositories. By migrating your repositories from the shared file system to Mesh nodes, you’re moving the Git processing closer to the storage, which results in decreased I/O latency. As Mesh replicates your repositories on multiple Mesh nodes, your shared file system is no longer a single point of failure, and your instance becomes more resilient. Learn more about Bitbucket Mesh
You can now archive a repository to let users know it’s no longer being maintained. When you archive a repository, it’s excluded from searches, and users can no longer move, comment, create pull requests or branches, and compare. If you’ve accidentally archived a repository or plan to maintain an archived repository later, you can unarchive it. Learn more about archiving repositories
When your developers collaborate on code, there’s the chance that secrets such as tokens, private keys, passwords, or environment variables may get accidentally added to your repositories. We’ve added secret scanning in Bitbucket to help you detect when secrets are entered into the code base by mistake. In the event of exposure, email notifications are sent out to all developers involved in the commit process so they can take immediate action and revoke the secret. Learn more about secret scanning
Decrease the load on your project admins with the new Create repository permission. Project admins can now grant users and groups permission to create new repositories at the project level without making them project admins. The Create repository permission allows users to create new repositories and do all the activities as a user with Write permission. Users automatically become admins of the repositories they create. Learn more about how to use project permissions
In 7.14, we enhanced the integration with Jira Software Cloud to send more development information to your Jira Software Cloud. We've made further enhancements to this integration, enabling Bitbucket to send deployment and build information from your integrated CI/CD tools. If you've integrated Bitbucket Data Center with Jira Cloud and your OAuth credentials have permissions to Builds and Deployments, you can now view the status of your builds and deployments in your Jira issues. You can also now view the OAuth credentials permissions list of your Jira Software Cloud integration in Bitbucket and refresh them to see the most recent edits. Learn more about integrating with Jira Software Cloud
Additionally, your teams can take advantage of all the features we've released since 8.0, as well as the hundreds of bug fixes and security improvements that will be shipped. Check out the Data Center roadmap | Atlassian to learn more about what’s coming.
Please note that we have extended the support window for Bitbucket 7.6. We will continue to support Bitbucket 7.6 until Bitbucket 8.9 is released.
If you work with a Technical Account Manager or Premier Support, consult your contact for a recommendation based on your environment and upgrade cadence. Learn more about our Long Term Support releases.
Bitbucket Data Center team