Overview of 64-bit Processing
64-bit Upgrade ConsultantsThanks to the release of Microsoft Windows 7, the business case for moving to 64-bit computing has never seemed better. However, most IT managers are understandably reluctant to launch a sizable migration task when the main benefits — increased dependability, scalability, and performance — are excessively intangible to quantify precisely. As a Microsoft Gold Partner with more than a decade of experience assisting companies to implement system-wide migrations, Progent can assist you to understand the costs and benefits of adopting 64-bit computing, create an economical upgrade strategy that minimizes productivity interruptions, and provide cost-effective, expert remote consulting as you update the system software running your existing computers.

For the majority of office networks, 64-bit computing is a giant unexploited power source. Intel and AMD, the leading CPU manufacturers, have been incorporating 64-bit ability in their mainstream CPUs for years, so that all classes of business computers such as notebooks, desktop PCs, high-powered workstations and advanced servers now possess the architecture to operate in 64-bit mode. Yet the majority of these in-place devices still run 32-bit software platforms.

The primary reason for this widespread reluctance to participate in the 64-bit revolution is that the business advantage for updating in-place systems has seemed to be modest in relation to the work required. There is no seamless path to migrate from a 32 to a 64-bit OS. The upgrade demands a clean installation, which means reinstalling current applications, backing up and recovering data files, and installing new drivers. This demands thoughtful planning to do economically. Meanwhile, many popular office applications are still offered only in 32-bit versions, so what's the advantage?

Advantages of Moving Up to 64-bit Processing
The advantages of 64-bit vs. 32-bit processing may seem vague and difficult to define precisely, but they are real. The RAM memory partitioning techniques utilized by 32-bit OS platforms are basically an engineering afterthought that undermines system stability. Memory-hungry applications are often not able to access free memory because the operating system cannot assign it effectively. This results in programs shutting down or performing erratically even though a machine appears to have ample unused RAM. In addition, 64-bit operating systems support much more addressable RAM than 32-bit systems and crunch more data per CPU cycle. You can also switch from one memory-hungry program to another faster when running in a 64-bit system. Fundamentally, 64-bit processing makes environments more stable, more expandable, and faster, which makes companies more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Processing Initiative
Microsoft's “x64” software supports the 64-bit processors used in virtually all computers now installed in office IT systems. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" platform is restricted to a few advanced Intel and AMD CPUs processors and is intended for environments that need large-scale multi-processing.) Before the availability of Microsoft Office 2010, the majority of Microsoft desktop applications such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2005 were available only in 32-bit versions, which can still be used on x64 Windows. The latest generation of Microsoft Office offers dramatic enhancements. For example, Office Excel 2010 is offered in a 64-bit version that permits you to create spreadsheets with huge databases that are not limited by the 2-gigabyte maximum file size that hampers previous releases of Microsoft Office Excel.

Microsoft offers true x64 editions of many Microsoft Server System products, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server 2007, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, plus Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced and licensed identically to 32-bit versions, so ordinarily you pay nothing extra for 64-bit server operating systems or machines.

For workstations, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price 64-bit versions that offer advanced stability, scalability, and performance. Like all migrations from 32- to 64-bit platforms, the move up can’t be done without effort. Every workstation and server requires a clean installation that entails reconfiguring application software, backing up and restoring data, and installing 64-bit drivers. In fact, for typical current desktop PCs, and for every PC powered by Windows XP, even the 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 requires you to carry out a clean install. Consequently, there has never been a better opportunity to move to x64 processing on the desktop, since it will require scarcely any additional work.

How Progent Can Help Your Business to Upgrade to 64-bit Processing
In addition to helping your organization to evaluate the practical advantages, expenses, and technical variables associated with upgrading to 64-bit computing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can help you design, document, carry out, manage, and repair a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and client OS software and business applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit infrastructure to verify that it handles all of the important 32-bit applications which you intend to keep plus the new 64-bit editions of software you wish to run. If moving to Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your 64-bit migration strategy, Progent's certified Windows 7 engineers, Windows 8.1 migration consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration experts can assist your company to decide which desktop computers and applications can or should be preserved, and design a migration process that is the least disturbing to your business productivity.

Other ways Progent's consultants can help you to upgrade to 64-bit computing include:

  • Progent's expertise delivering remote computer consulting and troubleshooting can save your business time and expense during your 64-bit upgrade, and Progent's background working with internal IT staffs and delivering technical knowledge transfer 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 x64 computing environment, that it is easy to track, manage, and repair, and that it offers a high degree of data protection and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's business continuity consulting professionals can help you in developing and testing a disaster recovery strategy that incorporates your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center SCDPM engineering experts can help you to deploy System Center SCDPM to support automated online backup with the advantage of rapid system recovery.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, and GIAC certified security specialists can help you develop a comprehensive security plan that implements some of the new protection technologies incorporated into 64-bit servers. Progent can also carry out network security vulnerability checking to assess or verify your company's compliance with mandated security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can help you use 64-bit virtual server solutions to save money on hardware resources, simplify administration, improve fault tolerance, cut colocation costs, and speed up recovery time in the event of a disaster.

  • Progent's live online instruction can help bring your network management staff and your office workers up to date rapidly and affordably by delivering online webinars specialized for your network requirements and operational processes.
Contact Progent to Get Consulting Support for Upgrading to x64 Computing
To learn more details about how Progent's engineers can help your business to upgrade to x64 computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.