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.

Benefits of Moving Up to 64-bit Computing
The advantages of 64-bit over 32-bit computing may appear to be vague and hard to define precisely, yet they are real. The RAM memory partitioning techniques used in 32-bit platforms are basically an engineering afterthought that limits stability. Memory-starved programs are sometimes unable to utilize existing memory since the O/S is unable to assign it effectively. This can be the cause of software freezing or executing erratically even when a machine appears to have plenty of available RAM. Also, 64-bit software platforms allow much more addressable RAM than 32-bit ones and process more information per CPU cycle. You can also switch from one memory-hungry program to another faster when running in a 64-bit environment. Basically, 64-bit computing makes environments more reliable, more expandable, and more efficient, which makes companies more productive.

Microsoft's x64 Support
Microsoft's x64 software supports the 64-bit processors found in virtually all servers and desktop PCs now installed in office IT systems. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" support is limited to special advanced Intel/AMD CPUs and is designed for applications that require massive multi-processing.) Before the release of Office 2010, most Microsoft desktop applications such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2005 were available solely in 32-bit versions, which can nevertheless be used on x64 platforms. The new family of Microsoft Office delivers dramatic improvements. As an example, Microsoft Office Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that permits you to create spreadsheets with huge databases that are not limited by the 2-Gbyte file size imposed by 32-bit releases of Microsoft Office Excel.

Microsoft offers true x64 editions of many Microsoft Server platforms, such as Windows Server 2008 and 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server, as well as System Center Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced and licensed identically to 32-bit counterparts, so in most circumstances it costs nothing more for 64-bit server software or hardware.

For client computers, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-cost 64-bit versions that offer advanced stability, scalability, and throughput. As with all upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms, the move up cant be done seamlessly. Every desktop PC and server requires a clean setup that entails reconfiguring applications, saving and recovering data files, and installing 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for typical in-place desktop PCs, and for all PCs powered by XP, the 32 or 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 will require you to perform a "from scratch" install. Consequently, there has never been a better time to upgrade to 64-bit computing on the desktop, since it will require scarcely any additional effort.

How Progent Can Assist You to Upgrade to 64-bit Processing
Besides assisting you to understand the business advantages, expenses, and technical variables attached to migrating to 64-bit computing, Progent's Microsoft certified engineers can help you plan, document, carry out, administer, and troubleshoot a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and client operating systems and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit environment to make sure it handles all of the key 32-bit applications which you intend to retain as well as the new 64-bit versions of software you plan to install. If adopting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your 64-bit upgrade plan, Progent's Windows 7 engineers, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 planning and migration experts can assist your company to decide which desktop hardware and applications can or ought to be preserved, and plan an upgrade procedure that is the least disruptive to your business operations.

Other ways Progent can help you to migrate to x64 computing include:

  • Progent's expertise delivering remote network consulting and support can save your business time and expense during your 64-bit migration, and Progent's experience cooperating with in-house support personnel and delivering technical knowledge sharing to them can increase the effectiveness of your support team.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network consultants can make sure that your network architecture is configured to support your 64-bit computing environment, that it is easy to track, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it offers a high degree of data protection and dependability.

  • Progent's disaster recovery consulting professionals can help you in developing and testing a business continuity strategy that incorporates your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) engineering experts can help you to deploy Microsoft System Center SCDPM to provide near-continuous online backup with the advantage of fast data recovery.

  • Progent's CISSP and GIAC certified network security experts can assist you develop a company-wide security plan that deploys some of the new security technologies incorporated into x64 servers. Progent can also carry out security vulnerability testing to evaluate or verify your network's adherence to industry or government security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization experts can show you how to benefit from 64-bit virtual server solutions to save money on hardware, simplify administration, enhance robustness, cut hosting expenses, and reduce restoration time in case of a disaster.

  • Progent's online instruction can help get both your network support staff and your desktop workers up to date rapidly and affordably by delivering interactive online virtual training customized for your network environment and business processes.
Contact Progent for Consulting Support for Upgrading to x64 Computing
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