Introduction to 64-bit Processing
64-bit Migration ConsultantsWith the availability of Windows 7, the business case for moving to 64-bit processing has never seemed more compelling. Still, many network managers are understandably reluctant to take on a sizable upgrade task when the primary advantages — increased dependability, capacity, and performance — are excessively intangible to evaluate with precision. As a Microsoft Gold Partner with years of experience helping businesses to carry out system-wide upgrades, Progent can help you to assess the risks and rewards of moving to 64-bit computing, create an economical migration scheme that minimizes operational interruptions, and provide affordable, high-level remote support while you upgrade the system software running your existing computers.

With most office IT systems, 64-bit computing is a giant unexploited resource. Both Intel and AMD, the leading CPU chip makers, have been incorporating 64-bit ability in their commodity CPUs for years, with the result that all types of business computing hardware including laptops, desktop computers, high-powered workstations and advanced servers already have the ability to operate in 64-bit mode. However most of these devices still run 32-bit operating systems.

The main cause for this widespread hesitation to join the 64-bit revolution is that the business benefit for updating in-place systems has appeared to be small in relation to the work required. There is no seamless process to upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. The enhancement requires a clean installation, which means reinstalling current programs, saving and restoring data files, and configuring new 64-bit drivers. This demands thoughtful planning to carry out efficiently. Meanwhile, many popular desktop applications are currently offered only in 32-bit versions, so where's the advantage?

Benefits of Moving Up to 64-bit Processing
The advantages of 64-bit over 32-bit computing may seem subtle and difficult to quantify, but they are significant. The memory partitioning schemes used in 32-bit OS platforms are essentially a technical afterthought that undermines system stability. Memory-hungry programs are sometimes unable to utilize free RAM since the O/S is unable to allocate it efficiently. This can be the cause of software freezing or performing erratically even when a machine seems to have ample unused RAM. In addition, 64-bit operating systems allow much more physical memory than 32-bit ones and process more information per clock cycle. You can also jump from one memory-hungry program to another faster when running in a 64-bit environment. Basically, 64-bit processing makes systems more reliable, more expandable, and faster, which in turn makes companies more competitive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Initiative
Microsoft's “x64” software works with the 64-bit processors found in most computers now deployed in business networks. (Microsoft's "Itanium" platform is restricted to special high-end Intel and AMD CPUs processors and is designed for applications that need large-scale multi-processing.) Prior to the release of Office 2010, most Microsoft client applications including 2007 Office and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 were available solely in 32-bit versions, which can nevertheless be run on x64 Windows. The new generation of Office delivers significant enhancements. As an example, Microsoft Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that allows you to build spreadsheets with huge datasets that are not restricted by the 2-Gbyte file size imposed by 32-bit releases of Microsoft Office Excel.

Microsoft has developed native x64 versions of key Microsoft Server System products, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server, as well as Operations Manager. Microsoft Windows Server 64-bit editions are priced and licensed identically to 32-bit editions, so typically it costs nothing more for 64-bit server operating systems or machines.

For workstations, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price x64 versions that provide advanced dependability, capacity, and performance. Like all upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, the move up can’t be carried out without effort. Each desktop PC and server needs a clean setup that entails reconfiguring application software, saving and recovering data, and configuring 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for typical current workstations, and for all PCs running XP, even the 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 will require you to perform a "from scratch" install. This being the case, there has never been a better time to migrate to 64-bit processing on the desktop, since it will require scarcely any additional effort.

How Progent Can Help You to Migrate to 64-bit Processing
Besides assisting you to evaluate the practical advantages, costs, and technical variables associated with migrating to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft certified engineers can help you plan, document, carry out, manage, and troubleshoot a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and desktop OS software and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit environment to verify that it supports all of the important 32-bit applications which you want to keep as well as the new 64-bit editions of applications you plan to install. If moving to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your 64-bit migration strategy, Progent's certified Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 evaluation and migration experts can assist your company to determine which workstation hardware and programs can or should be retained, and outline a migration procedure that is minimally disruptive to your network productivity.

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

  • Progent's experience providing online network support services can save you time and money during your 64-bit migration, and Progent's background working with internal support personnel and providing technical knowledge transfer to them can improve the efficiency of your support team.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network consultants can make sure that your network architecture is optimized to accommodate your x64 processing environment, that it is simple to track, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it provides a high level of data protection and reliability.

  • Progent's disaster recovery engineers can help you in developing and testing a disaster recovery plan that incorporates your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center SCDPM support experts can help you to configure System Center System Center Data Protection Manager to provide ongoing online backup with the advantage of rapid system recovery.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, GIAC, and CISA certified network security experts can assist you develop a comprehensive security plan that deploys some of the powerful security technologies incorporated into 64-bit servers. Progent can also carry out network security vulnerability checking to assess or confirm your network's adherence to mandated security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization engineers can show you how to use 64-bit virtual server technology to leverage your equipment, streamline management, improve robustness, lower colocation and hosting expenses, and speed up recovery time in case of a disaster.

  • Progent's live online education can help bring both your network management staff and your office employees up to speed quickly and affordably by delivering interactive online webinars customized for your network environment and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Expertise in Upgrading to x64 Computing
To find out additional information about how Progent's engineers can help your business to migrate to 64-bit computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.