About Deploying Oracle Grid Infrastructure Using Rapid Home Provisioning

Rapid Home Provisioning is a software lifecycle management method for provisioning and patching Oracle homes. Rapid Home Provisioning enables mass deployment of standard operating environments for databases and clusters.

Rapid Home Provisioning (RHP) enables you to install clusters, and provision, patch, and upgrade Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Oracle Database homes. The supported versions are 11.2, 12.1, and 12.2. You can also provision applications and middleware using Rapid Home Provisioning. A single cluster, known as the Rapid Home Provisioning Server, stores and manages standardized images, called gold images, which can be provisioned to any number of nodes. You can install Oracle Grid Infrastructure cluster configurations such as Oracle Standalone Clusters, Oracle Member Clusters, and Oracle Application Clusters. After deployment, you can expand and contract clusters and Oracle RAC Databases.

You can provision Oracle Grid Infrastructure on a remote set of nodes in a cloud computing environment from a single cluster where you store templates of Oracle homes as images (called gold images) of Oracle software, such as databases, middleware, and applications.

Rapid Home Provisioning leverages a new file system capability which allows for separation of gold image software from the site-specific configuration changes, so the home path remains unchanged throughout updates. This capability of persistent home path is available for Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c Release 2 (12.2) and combines the benefits of in-place and out-of-place patching.


Rapid Home Provisioning supports provisioning, patching, and upgrade of single-instance databases on Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a standalone server, or Oracle Restart.

Rapid Home Provisioning

Deploying Oracle software using Rapid Home Provisioning has the following advantages:

  • Ensures standardization and enables high degrees of automation with gold images and managed lineage of deployed software.

  • Supports change management. With standardized Oracle homes, an administrator has better control of the hosted Oracle software and can easily manage the mass deployment and maintenance of the software through a single location for change management.

  • Minimizes downtime during patching and upgrades, eases rollbacks, and makes provisioning for large systems easier and more efficient.

  • Reduces the cumulative time to patch software images, since a single Oracle home may be used for many database instances.

See Also:

Oracle Clusterware Administration and Deployment Guide for information about setting up the Rapid Home Provisioning Server and Client, creating and using gold images for provisioning and patching Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Oracle Database homes.