Overview of 64-bit Processing
64-bit Upgrade ConsultantsThe release of Microsoft Office 2010 represented a milestone in information technology. After that, all of Microsoft's most popular operating systems, application servers, and office productivity software have been available in 64-bit versions for the same price as the 32-bit editions. This includes Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, System Center Operations Manager, and other key platforms.

Meanwhile, all server, workstation, and laptop computers sold in the last few years already have the ability to run in 64-bit mode. As a Microsoft Partner with years of experience helping businesses carry out network-wide upgrades, Progent can help you understand the costs and benefits of moving to 64-bit processing, design an efficient migration strategy that minimizes operational disruptions, and provide affordable, expert remote support to assist you in upgrading your existing computers and software.

The advantages of 64-bit computing go beyond gigantic spreadsheets. Software is more stable, system performance improves, memory capacity expands, security can be more extensive, and more servers can be consolidated through virtualization. These advantages equate to more uptime, increased productivity, better data protection, and lower equipment costs. Yet for most small businesses, 64-bit computing is still a great untapped resource.

Sticking with 32-bit software and under utilizing 64-bit hardware seems to make no business sense, but in fact there are serious obstacles to migrating to 64-bit computing that have prompted companies to hold back. There is no seamless path for replacing a 32-bit operating system with a 64-bit equivalent. The upgrade requires a clean installation, which means reinstalling existing applications, backing up and restoring data, and installing new 64-bit drivers. In some cases, it can be difficult or impossible to find 64-bit drivers for older peripherals. To avoid business disruption and minimize technical risk, a 64-bit migration demands careful planning and extensive experience.

Benefits of Upgrading to 64-bit Processing
The benefits of 64-bit vs. 32-bit processing may appear to be vague and hard to quantify, but they are significant. The memory management schemes used in 32-bit systems are essentially an engineering band-aid that limits system stability. Memory-starved applications are often not able to utilize free memory because the operating system is unable to allocate it effectively. This results in programs freezing or running erratically even though a computer seems to have ample unused memory. Also, 64-bit operating systems support much more addressable memory than 32-bit ones and process more information per clock cycle. You can also jump from one RAM-intensive program to another faster when you are running in a 64-bit environment. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes systems more reliable, more expandable, and faster, which makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Software
Microsoft's x64 software works with the 64-bit processors used in virtually all servers and desktop PCs now installed in office IT systems. (Microsoft's "Itanium" support is restricted to a few high-end Intel and AMD CPUs processors and is designed for applications that need massive multi-processing.) Prior to the availability of Microsoft Office 2010, most Microsoft client programs including 2007 Office and Visual Studio 2005 were available solely in 32-bit editions, which can nevertheless be used on x64 Windows. The new generation of Microsoft Office 2010 offers dramatic enhancements. As an example, Office Excel 2010 is offered in a 64-bit edition that allows you to create spreadsheets with enormous databases that are not restricted by the 2-Gbyte maximum file size that hampers 32-bit editions of Office Excel.

Microsoft offers native x64 versions of many Microsoft Server System products, including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2007, Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server 2006, plus Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced the same as 32-bit versions, so typically you pay nothing more for 64-bit server operating systems or hardware.

For desktop PCs, Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-cost 64-bit editions that provide high dependability, scalability, and throughput. As with all migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms, the upgrade cant be done without effort. Every desktop PC and server needs a clean setup that entails reinstalling application software, backing up and restoring data files, and configuring 64-bit drivers. In fact, for most current desktop PCs, and for all PCs running Windows XP, the 32 or 64-bit edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8 requires you to perform a clean installation. Consequently, there has never been a better opportunity to upgrade to 64-bit processing on the workstation, since it will require scarcely any extra effort.

How Progent Can Help Your Business to Upgrade to 64-bit Processing
Besides assisting your organization to evaluate the business advantages, expenses, and technical variables associated with migrating to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help you plan, document, carry out, administer, and troubleshoot a network-wide move to 64-bit server and client OS software and applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit environment to make sure it supports all of the key 32-bit programs which you intend to retain as well as the new 64-bit editions of applications you plan to install. If adopting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is included in your 64-bit migration plan, Progent's certified Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 migration consultants, and Windows 10 evaluation and migration consultants can assist you to decide which workstation hardware and applications can or ought to be preserved, and outline an upgrade process that is the least disturbing to your network operations.

Additional ways Progent's consultants can help you to migrate to x64 computing include:

  • Progent's expertise delivering online computer consulting and support can save your business time and money during your x64 migration, and Progent's background working with in-house IT personnel and providing technical information sharing to them can increase the effectiveness of your network support team.

  • Progent's Cisco CCIE network engineers can make sure that your network architecture is configured to accommodate your x64 computing solution, that it is easy to monitor, administer, and repair, and that it provides a high level of security and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's business continuity engineers can assist you in developing and validating a business continuity plan that includes your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) engineering experts can help you to deploy System Center SCDPM to provide near-continuous online backup with the capability of fast system restoration.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, and GIAC security specialists can help you develop a comprehensive security strategy that implements some of the powerful protection mechanisms incorporated into x64 servers. Progent can also provide security vulnerability testing to evaluate or verify your network's adherence to industry or government security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization experts can show you how to utilize 64-bit virtual server solutions to conserve hardware, streamline administration, improve dependability, cut hosting expenses, and reduce restoration time in the event of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online instruction can help get both your IT support team and your desktop workers up to date rapidly and cost-effectively by delivering remote virtual training customized for your computing requirements and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Help Upgrading to x64 Processing
To find out more details about how Progent can help your business to upgrade to x64 processing, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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