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An interim patch is one-off bug fix made available to customers who cannot wait until the fix is included in a sustaining release or feature release.
Installation of an interim patch is done on an as-needed basis and is not a regularly scheduled planned maintenance event.
An interim patch is one-off bug fix made available to customers who cannot wait until the fix is included in a subsequent patch set release or database patch for Exadata.
Exadata sustaining releases and quarterly Grid Infrastructure and Database Proactive Bundle Patches are released on regular quarterly cycle as part of the Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) program.
The proactive bundle patch contains bug fixes and security fixes.
It is a superset of the standard Oracle Grid Infrastructure PSU (GIPSU).
Where possible do not adopt a new Exadata feature release and new Database feature release simultaneously.
The fifth digit represents a cumulative update to a feature release, for example, 126.96.36.199.4.
These examples show three high-level quarterly software maintenance plans over a four year cycle using typical intervals between releases.