Introduction to 64-bit Computing
64-bit Migration ConsultantsThanks to the release of Windows 7, the business case for moving to 64-bit processing has never been more compelling. However, many network administrators are understandably hesitant to take on a significant upgrade task when the primary advantages — improved stability, scalability, and speed — are too intangible to quantify precisely. As a Microsoft Gold Partner with years of background assisting businesses to carry out system-wide upgrades, Progent can assist you to assess the risks and rewards of moving to 64-bit computing, design an economical upgrade strategy that minimizes operational disruptions, and provide cost-effective, high-level online consulting as you update the system software powering your current servers and desktops.

With the majority of office networks, 64-bit computing is a great unexploited resource. Both Intel and AMD, the top CPU chip makers, have been incorporating 64-bit ability in their commodity CPUs for years, so that all types of business computers such as laptops, desktop PCs, high-powered workstations and advanced servers already possess the ability to run in 64-bit format. However most of these devices still run 32-bit software platforms.

The primary reason for this widespread reluctance to participate in the 64-bit millennium is that the business benefit for upgrading in-place computers has appeared to be small in relation to the effort required. There is no seamless process to upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. The enhancement demands a clean install, which means reinstalling current programs, saving and recovering data, and configuring new drivers. This requires careful planning to carry out efficiently. Furthermore, many popular office productivity software are still available only in 32-bit editions, so where's the advantage?

Advantages of Upgrading to 64-bit Computing
The advantages of 64-bit vs. 32-bit computing may seem subtle and hard to quantify, but they are significant. The RAM management schemes utilized by 32-bit OS platforms are essentially an engineering afterthought that undermines stability. Memory-starved programs are sometimes not allowed to utilize free memory because the operating system cannot assign it efficiently. This can be the cause of software freezing or executing erratically even when a computer appears to have ample available memory. In addition, 64-bit operating systems support much more physical memory than 32-bit systems and crunch more information per clock cycle. You can also go from one RAM-hungry program to another more quickly when you are running in a 64-bit environment. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes environments more stable, more expandable, and more efficient, which in turn makes companies more competitive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Computing Initiative
Microsoft's “x64” software supports the 64-bit CPUs used in virtually all servers and desktop PCs currently deployed in office IT environments. (Microsoft's "Itanium" support is limited to special advanced processors and is designed for applications that require massive multi-processing.) Prior to the release of Microsoft Office 2010, most Microsoft client programs including Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 were available only in 32-bit versions, which can nevertheless be used on x64 platforms. The latest generation of Office 2010 delivers significant enhancements. As an example, Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that permits you to create spreadsheets with enormous datasets that are not restricted by the 2-gigabyte maximum file size imposed by previous versions of Office Excel.

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

For client computers, Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price 64-bit editions that provide high stability, scalability, and throughput. As with all upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, the move up can’t be carried out seamlessly. Each workstation and server needs a clean installation that involves reconfiguring application software, saving and restoring data files, and configuring 64-bit drivers. In fact, for most current desktop PCs, and for every PC powered by Windows XP, even the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 will require you to perform a clean installation. This being the case, there will never be a better time to migrate to x64 computing on the desktop, since it will require little additional work.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business to Migrate to 64-bit Processing
Besides helping you to evaluate the business benefits, expenses, and technical variables attached to migrating to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you design, document, implement, administer, and troubleshoot a network-wide move to 64-bit server and desktop operating systems and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit infrastructure to make sure it handles all of the important 32-bit applications which you want to retain plus the latest 64-bit versions 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 plan, Progent's certified Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration consultants can help your company to determine which workstation hardware and programs can or ought to be preserved, and outline a migration procedure that is minimally disturbing to your business productivity.

Additional ways Progent's consultants can assist your business to upgrade to x64 computing include:

  • Progent's expertise delivering online network support services can save you effort and expense during your x64 upgrade, and Progent's experience working with in-house IT personnel and providing technical knowledge sharing to them can improve the efficiency of your network support team.

  • Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can verify that your network architecture is optimized to accommodate your x64 computing environment, that it is simple to monitor, administer, and repair, and that it offers a high degree of security and dependability.

  • Progent's disaster recovery engineers can assist you in developing and testing a disaster recovery plan that incorporates your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) support professionals can help you to deploy System Center System Center Data Protection Manager to provide ongoing remote backup with the advantage of fast data recovery.

  • Progent's CISM and CISA security engineers can assist you create a comprehensive security strategy that deploys some of the new protection mechanisms incorporated into x64 servers. Progent can also carry out network security vulnerability checking to assess or verify your network's compliance with industry or government security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can show you how to use 64-bit virtual server technology to leverage your hardware, simplify management, improve fault tolerance, cut colocation and hosting expenses, and speed up restoration time in case of a disaster.

  • Progent's online training classes can help bring your IT support staff and your office workers up to date quickly and cost-effectively by delivering remote virtual training specialized for your network environment and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Help Upgrading to 64-bit Processing
To learn more details about how Progent can help your business to migrate to x64 computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.