Release definitions

Alex Cota Updated by Alex Cota

Alpha

Beta

General Audience (GA)

Goal

Verify functionality and gather feedback from a limited set of customers.

Verify functionality and gather feedback from a larger and broader group of customers.

Deliver value to customers with high reliability. Can be freely sold and publicly talked about.

Who gets it?

Limited availability test

Goal: verify functionality and gather feedback from a limited set of customers.

Can either be an invite-beta, or open to all customers of the appropriate tier.

Open to all customers of the appropriate tier.

Feature characteristics

  • Feature might be unstable
  • Feature might change in backwards incompatible ways
  • No guarantee that feature will be released
  • Does not have to be feature complete
  • Feature might be unstable
  • Feature complete
  • Feature is stable

SLA / support guarantees?

  • No SLA
  • No technical support obligations
  • No SLA
  • Supported by tech support obligations
  • Supported by general SLA (the general reliability goal set by the company)
  • Supported by tech support obligations

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