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 Gold 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.

Advantages of Moving Up to 64-bit Processing
The advantages of 64-bit over 32-bit processing may appear to be subtle and difficult to quantify, yet they are significant. The RAM partitioning schemes used in 32-bit systems are basically a technical band-aid that limits stability. RAM-hungry applications are often unable to access free memory since the operating system cannot assign it efficiently. This results in software freezing or executing erratically even though a machine appears to have plenty of available memory. In addition, 64-bit software platforms support far more physical memory than 32-bit ones and crunch twice as much information per clock cycle. You can also go from one RAM-hungry program to another more quickly while using a 64-bit environment. Fundamentally, 64-bit processing makes systems more reliable, more expandable, and faster, which in turn makes businesses more competitive.

Microsoft's x64 Initiative
Microsoft's x64 software works with the 64-bit CPUs used in virtually all servers and desktop PCs now deployed in business IT environments. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" software is restricted to special high-end Intel and AMD CPUs processors and is designed for environments that need large-scale multi-processing.) Prior to the availability of Microsoft Office 2010, most Microsoft desktop programs including 2007 Office and Visual Studio 2005 were available only in 32-bit versions, which can nevertheless be used on x64 Windows. The latest generation of Microsoft Office 2010 offers significant improvements. For example, Excel 2010 is offered in a 64-bit version that permits you to create spreadsheets with huge datasets that are not limited to the 2-gigabyte file size imposed by 32-bit editions of Microsoft Office Excel.

Microsoft offers native x64 versions of key Microsoft Server platforms, such as Windows Server 2008 and 2003, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2007, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server 2006, plus System Center Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced identically to 32-bit counterparts, so ordinarily it costs nothing more for 64-bit server software or machines.

For desktop PCs, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price 64-bit versions that offer advanced stability, capacity, and throughput. As with all upgrades from 32- to 64-bit platforms, the upgrade cant be carried out without effort. Each desktop PC and server needs a clean setup that entails reconfiguring applications, saving and recovering data files, and configuring 64-bit device drivers. In fact, for typical current workstations, and for every PC running XP, any release of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will require you to perform a clean install. Consequently, there has never been a better time to move to x64 computing on the workstation, since it will require scarcely any additional work.

How Progent Can Assist You to Upgrade to 64-bit Computing
In addition to assisting you to evaluate the practical benefits, expenses, and technical variables attached to upgrading to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you plan, document, implement, administer, and repair a system-wide migration to 64-bit server and client operating systems and applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit environment to make sure it supports all of the key 32-bit programs that you want to keep plus the latest 64-bit editions of applications you wish to install. If adopting Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is included in your 64-bit migration strategy, Progent's Windows 7 engineers, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration experts can assist you to decide which desktop computers and programs can or should be retained, and design a migration procedure that is the least disruptive to your network operations.

Additional ways Progent can assist your business to migrate to x64 processing include:

  • Progent's expertise providing online computer support services can save you effort and expense during your x64 migration, and Progent's experience working with in-house IT staffs and delivering technical information sharing to them can increase the effectiveness of your support team.

  • Progent's Cisco CCIE network engineers can verify that your network architecture is configured to support your 64-bit computing solution, that it is simple to track, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it provides a high degree of data protection and robustness.

  • Progent's business continuity consultants can help you in developing and validating a workplace recovery strategy that incorporates your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center SCDPM support professionals can assist you to configure Microsoft System Center SCDPM to support automated remote backup with the advantage of rapid data restoration.

  • Progent's CISM and CISA certified network security engineers can help you create a comprehensive security strategy that deploys some of the new protection technologies included with 64-bit servers. Progent can also perform network security vulnerability testing to evaluate or verify your network's compliance with mandated security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can help you utilize 64-bit virtual server technology to conserve hardware resources, simplify management, improve robustness, lower colocation costs, and speed up restoration time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's live online instruction can help get your network management team and your desktop workers up to speed rapidly and cost-effectively by providing online webinars specialized for your network environment and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Support for Migrating to x64 Computing
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