Overview of 64-bit Computing
64-bit Migration SupportWith the availability of Windows 7, the business justification for migrating to 64-bit processing has never been better. However, many network administrators are predictably reluctant to take on a sizable migration task when the primary advantages — improved stability, scalability, and performance — are excessively vague to evaluate precisely. Being a Microsoft Gold Partner with years of background assisting companies to carry out system-wide migration projects, Progent can assist you to understand the risks and rewards of moving to 64-bit processing, design an efficient migration strategy that minimizes operational interruptions, and provide affordable, high-level remote support and troubleshooting while you upgrade the system software powering your current computers.

With most office IT systems, 64-bit computing is a giant unexploited resource. Intel and AMD, the leading CPU manufacturers, have been incorporating 64-bit capability in their mainstream CPUs for years, with the result that all types of business computers including laptops, desktop PCs, engineering workstations and back-office servers already possess the architecture to operate in 64-bit mode. Yet the majority of these in-place devices continue to host 32-bit software platforms.

The primary reason for this common reluctance to join the 64-bit millennium is that the real advantage for upgrading in-place computers has seemed to be small in relation to the work needed. There is no seamless path to upgrade from a 32 to a 64-bit operating system. The enhancement demands a clean install, which means reinstalling existing programs, saving and restoring data files, and configuring new 64-bit drivers. This requires thoughtful planning to carry out efficiently. Furthermore, most office applications are currently available only in 32-bit versions, so what's the benefit?

Benefits of Upgrading to 64-bit Computing
The benefits of 64-bit over 32-bit processing may appear to be subtle and difficult to define precisely, yet they are significant. The RAM memory allocation techniques used in 32-bit platforms are essentially an engineering afterthought that limits system stability. RAM-starved programs are often not able to utilize free memory since the operating system is unable to assign it efficiently. This results in programs shutting down or executing erratically even when a computer appears to have plenty of unused RAM. In addition, 64-bit operating systems support much more addressable memory than 32-bit systems and crunch more data per clock cycle. You can also jump from one memory-intensive application to another faster when running in a 64-bit environment. Basically, 64-bit computing makes environments more stable, more scalable, and more efficient, which in turn makes companies more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Processing Support
Microsoft's “x64” technology supports the 64-bit processors found in most computers now deployed in business IT environments. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" initiative is limited to special advanced CPUs and is intended for environments that require large-scale multi-processing.) Prior to the availability of Office 2010, the majority of Microsoft client applications including 2007 Office and Visual Studio 2005 were offered only in 32-bit editions, which can nevertheless be run on x64 platforms. The new family of Office offers dramatic enhancements. As an example, Microsoft Excel 2010 is offered in a 64-bit edition that permits you to build spreadsheets with huge databases that are not limited to the 2-Gbyte file size imposed by 32-bit releases of Microsoft Office Excel.

Microsoft has developed true x64 editions of many Microsoft Server System products, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2003, SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, plus Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced identically to their 32-bit counterparts, so ordinarily it costs nothing extra for 64-bit server software or machines.

For desktop PCs, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price x64 editions that offer advanced dependability, capacity, and throughput. Like all migrations from 32- to 64-bit operating systems, the upgrade can’t be carried out without effort. Every workstation and server requires a clean setup that entails reinstalling applications, backing up and restoring data files, and installing 64-bit device drivers. On the other hand, for most in-place workstations, and for every PC powered by Windows XP, any release of Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 requires you to perform a clean install. Consequently, there has never been a better opportunity to upgrade to x64 computing on the workstation, since it will require little extra work.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business to Upgrade to 64-bit Computing
In addition to assisting your organization to understand the practical advantages, expenses, and technical variables associated with upgrading to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you design, document, carry out, manage, and troubleshoot a network-wide move to 64-bit server and client operating systems and business applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit infrastructure to verify that it supports all of the important 32-bit applications that you intend to retain plus the latest 64-bit editions of applications you wish to run. If moving to Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is included in your 64-bit migration strategy, Progent's certified Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 evaluation and migration consultants can assist you to decide which desktop computers and applications can or ought to be retained, and outline a migration procedure that is the least disturbing to your network operations.

Other ways Progent's consultants can help your business to migrate to x64 computing include:

  • Progent's experience delivering online network support services can save you effort and money during your x64 migration, and Progent's experience cooperating with in-house support staffs and delivering technical information transfer to them can improve the efficiency of your network support team.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network consultants can verify that your network architecture is optimized to support your 64-bit processing environment, that it is simple to monitor, administer, and troubleshoot, and that it provides a high degree of security and dependability.

  • Progent's business continuity consulting professionals can assist you in creating and testing a workplace recovery plan that incorporates your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager consulting experts can help you to deploy Microsoft System Center SCDPM to support automated remote backup with the capability of rapid data recovery.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, and GIAC security specialists can help you develop a company-wide security strategy that deploys some of the powerful protection mechanisms incorporated into 64-bit servers. Progent can also provide security vulnerability checking to evaluate or confirm your network's compliance with mandated security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can help you benefit from 64-bit virtual server solutions to save money on hardware resources, simplify management, improve reliability, cut colocation expenses, and speed up recovery time in the event of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's live online training classes can help get both your network management staff and your desktop workers up to date quickly and affordably by providing online webinars specialized for your computing requirements and operational processes.
Contact Progent for Consulting Support for Upgrading to 64-bit Processing
To learn more details about how Progent's consultants can help you to upgrade to 64-bit computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.