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 computing may seem subtle and hard to quantify, yet they are real. The RAM memory partitioning schemes utilized by 32-bit operating systems are basically an engineering band-aid that undermines system stability. RAM-hungry programs are sometimes unable to access free memory since the operating system is unable to assign it effectively. This results in software shutting down or executing erratically even when a machine appears to have ample available memory. In addition, 64-bit software platforms support much more physical RAM than 32-bit systems and crunch twice as much data per clock cycle. You can also jump from one RAM-hungry program to another faster when using a 64-bit environment. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes environments more reliable, more expandable, and more efficient, which makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's x64 Support
Microsoft's x64 technology works with the 64-bit processors used in most servers and desktop PCs currently installed in business networks. (Microsoft's "Itanium" initiative is limited to a few advanced Intel/AMD CPUs and is designed for environments that need massive multi-processing.) Before the release of Microsoft Office 2010, most Microsoft client applications such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 were available solely in 32-bit versions, which can still be run on x64 Windows. The new family of Office offers significant enhancements. As an example, Office Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that allows you to create spreadsheets with huge databases that are not restricted to the 2-gigabyte file size imposed by 32-bit releases of Office Excel.

Microsoft offers true x64 versions of key Microsoft Server System products, including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server 2006, plus System Center Operations Manager. Microsoft Windows Server x64 editions are priced the same as 32-bit editions, so ordinarily it costs nothing more for 64-bit server software or machines.

For client computers, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price 64-bit editions that provide high dependability, scalability, and throughput. Like all migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, the upgrade cant be done seamlessly. Each workstation and server requires a clean installation that involves reconfiguring applications, saving and recovering data files, and installing 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for typical current workstations, and for every PC running Microsoft Windows XP, any version of Windows 7 or 8 will require you to carry out a "from scratch" installation. Consequently, there has never been a better opportunity to upgrade to x64 computing on the desktop, since it will require scarcely any additional effort.

How Progent Can Help Your Business to Migrate to 64-bit Processing
In addition to assisting your organization to understand the practical benefits, costs, and technical risks attached to upgrading to 64-bit computing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can help you design, document, carry out, administer, and repair a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and client operating systems and applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit environment to verify that it supports all of the important 32-bit applications that you intend to retain plus the new 64-bit editions of software you plan to install. If adopting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your x64 migration strategy, Progent's Windows 7 engineers, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration experts can assist you to decide which workstation computers and programs can or should be retained, and plan an upgrade process that is minimally disturbing to your business productivity.

Additional ways Progent can assist your business to migrate to 64-bit processing include:

  • Progent's expertise delivering remote computer consulting and troubleshooting can save you effort and expense over the course of your x64 upgrade, and Progent's background cooperating with internal support staffs and delivering technical information sharing to them can improve the effectiveness of your support team.

  • Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can verify that your network architecture is configured to accommodate your x64 processing solution, that it is easy to monitor, administer, and troubleshoot, and that it provides a high degree of data protection and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's disaster recovery engineers can assist you in creating and testing a workplace recovery strategy that includes your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center System Center Data Protection Manager support experts can assist you to deploy Microsoft System Center SCDPM to provide near-continuous remote backup with the advantage of fast data recovery.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, and GIAC network security experts can assist you develop a comprehensive security plan that deploys some of the new protection technologies included with 64-bit servers. Progent can also provide network security vulnerability testing to assess or verify your network's compliance with industry or government security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization engineers can show you how to benefit from 64-bit virtual server technology to conserve hardware, simplify management, improve reliability, lower colocation and hosting expenses, and speed up recovery time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online training classes can help get both your network management team and your desktop employees up to date rapidly and affordably by providing online webinars specialized for your network environment and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Support for Migrating to 64-bit Computing
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