Pearson’s PowerSchool Achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized Status

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Student Information System’s Improved Speed and Reliability for Everyday Processes Can Benefit Thousands of School Districts

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Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced today that as the result of rigorous testing, its PowerSchool 8.1 student information system (SIS) achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized status, allowing it to rapidly build and deliver faster, more reliable applications.

Oracle Exastack is an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) program that provides Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and other OPN members with a complete, scalable, integrated and high-performance infrastructure for their on-premise, cloud-based and hybrid environments. Pearson’s PowerSchool is a widely-used K-12 SIS. Pearson is a Gold level member of OPN.

“We are extremely proud that after a diligent testing and tuning process on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, PowerSchool has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized status. Reaching this level of optimization means that our student information system delivers incredible speed, scalability and reliability to our customers,” said Oliver Wreford, vice president of product and marketing at Pearson.

With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, ISVs can reduce the cost, time and support complexities typically associated with building and maintaining a disparate application infrastructure – allowing them to focus on core competencies, accelerating innovation and delivering superior value to their customers. Oracle Exadata Optimized establishes that PowerSchool software was tested and tuned on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, and is supported on high performing, scalable and secure Oracle engineered systems.

“Our ongoing investment in PowerSchool and the decision to participate in the Oracle Exastack program illustrates Pearson’s commitment to providing a powerful, reliable SIS to support school and classroom management activities including grading, attendance and state reporting,” said Bryan MacDonald, managing director of Pearson School Systems.

Customers can be confident that PowerSchool 8.1 has been tested and tuned for optimum performance. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance and is the ideal database platform for OLTP applications, data warehouses as well as the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing. It is a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure and redundant.

“Oracle Exastack Optimized recognizes partners who have optimized their solutions on a complete, integrated and cloud-ready infrastructure in order to help them accelerate innovation, unlock new features and functionality, and deliver superior value to users,” said David Hicks, vice president, Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java Business Development, Oracle. “By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized status, Pearson has demonstrated its PowerSchool version 8.1 is tested and tuned to work with Oracle Exadata Database Machine to help deliver optimum performance, scalability, and reliability to its customers.”

The following results were achieved during testing of PowerSchool 8.1 tasks running on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine:

▪ Achieved 11X increase in database transactions per second, demonstrating capability to support 150K enrollment.
▪ 103X data compression and 34X less logical reads when doing a full table scan, enabling cost savings and faster query and report processing.

PowerSchool 8.1 supports more than 13 million students in all 50 states and provinces and more than 70 countries. It enables today's educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future.
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About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

About the Oracle Exastack Program
The Oracle Exastack program helps enable Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and other members of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) to rapidly build and deliver faster, more reliable applications. Leveraging the Oracle Exastack program, qualifying OPN members have access to Oracle performance experts and dedicated labs for testing and tuning their applications on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Database Appliance and Oracle Big Data Appliance. Customers can be confident when selecting Oracle Exastack Optimized applications that they are supported, and have been tested and tuned with the goal to achieve optimal performance, scalability and reliability. Also part of the program, Oracle Exastack Ready is dedicated to helping ISVs run their solutions on the latest major release of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Big Data Appliance and their component products, including Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. These products provide partners with a low cost and high performance infrastructure for database and application workloads across on-premise and cloud based environments. With an Oracle Exastack Optimized or Oracle Exastack Ready status achievement, partners will receive access to corresponding Oracle branding, logos and related benefits to effectively differentiate their offerings. To find out more, visit

About Oracle Partner Network
Oracle Partner Network (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more, visit

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Media Contact: Brandon Pinette, brandon.pinette(at)pearson(dot)com, or (800) 745-8489

1 Pearson PowerSchool version 8.1 tested with ¼ rack Oracle Exadata X2-3, 32 cores total, 256 GB total RAM, 9.5 TB storage compared with test results achieved with commodity x86 server Intel Xeon X7550 @2.00 GHz, 256GB RAM and 500GB, 5 disks storage.)

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