Introduction to 64-bit Computing
64-bit Upgrade HelpWith the availability of Windows 7, the business justification for upgrading to 64-bit computing has never seemed more compelling. Still, many network administrators are predictably hesitant to launch a sizable upgrade task when the main benefits — improved dependability, capacity, and speed — are excessively vague to quantify with precision. Being a Microsoft Gold Partner with years of background assisting companies to carry out system-wide migration projects, Progent can help your company to understand the costs and benefits of moving to 64-bit processing, create an economical upgrade strategy that minimizes business disruptions, and provide affordable, expert remote support while you upgrade the system software powering your existing computers.

With the majority of business networks, 64-bit computing is a giant untapped power source. Intel and AMD, the top CPU chip manufacturers, have been delivering 64-bit ability in their commodity processors for years, so that all classes of business computers including notebooks, desktop PCs, engineering workstations and back-office servers already possess the architecture to operate in 64-bit format. However the majority of these in-place computers continue to run 32-bit software platforms.

The main cause for this common hesitation to participate in the 64-bit revolution is that the real advantage for updating in-place systems has appeared to be modest in relation to the work required. There is no seamless process to migrate from a 32 to a 64-bit OS. The upgrade demands a clean installation, which calls for reinstalling current applications, backing up and recovering data files, and installing new drivers. This demands thoughtful planning to carry out economically. Meanwhile, many popular office productivity software are currently available only in 32-bit editions, so what's the benefit?

Advantages of Upgrading to 64-bit Computing
The advantages of 64-bit vs. 32-bit computing may appear to be subtle and hard to quantify, but they are significant. The memory management techniques utilized by 32-bit OS platforms are basically a technical afterthought that limits stability. Memory-hungry applications are often unable to utilize existing RAM because the O/S is unable to assign it efficiently. This can be the cause of software shutting down or running erratically even though a computer seems to have ample unused RAM. In addition, 64-bit software platforms allow far more addressable RAM than 32-bit systems and crunch more data per clock cycle. You can also go from one RAM-hungry application to another more quickly when you are using a 64-bit system. Basically, 64-bit processing makes systems more reliable, more scalable, and faster, which in turn makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Processing Support
Microsoft's “x64” technology works with the 64-bit CPUs used in most computers currently deployed in office networks. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" platform is restricted to a few advanced Intel/AMD CPUs and is intended for environments that require massive multi-processing.) Before the availability of Office 2010, the majority of Microsoft desktop programs including 2007 Office and Visual Studio 2005 were available solely in 32-bit editions, which can still be used on x64 platforms. The new family of Microsoft Office 2010 delivers significant enhancements. As an example, Office Excel 2010 is offered in a 64-bit version that permits you to build spreadsheets with enormous databases that are not limited by the 2-Gbyte maximum file size imposed by 32-bit releases of Excel.

Microsoft offers true x64 editions of many Microsoft Server platforms, such as Windows Server 2008 and 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Exchange Server 2007, Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server 2006, plus System Center Operations Manager. Microsoft Windows Server 64-bit editions are priced identically to 32-bit editions, so typically you pay nothing extra for 64-bit server operating systems or hardware.

For client computers, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price x64 editions that offer high dependability, scalability, and throughput. Like all migrations from 32- to 64-bit platforms, the upgrade can’t be done without effort. Each workstation and server requires a clean setup that entails reconfiguring application software, backing up and restoring data, and configuring 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for typical in-place workstations, and for all PCs powered by XP, even the 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 requires you to perform a "from scratch" installation. Consequently, there will never be a better opportunity to migrate to x64 computing on the desktop, since it will involve scarcely any extra work.

How Progent Can Assist You to Upgrade to 64-bit Computing
In addition to assisting you to evaluate the practical benefits, costs, and technical risks associated with migrating to 64-bit computing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you plan, document, carry out, manage, and repair a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and client operating systems and business applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit environment to verify that it supports all of the important 32-bit applications which you want to keep plus the new 64-bit versions of applications you plan to run. If adopting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your x64 upgrade strategy, Progent's Windows 7 engineers, Windows 8.1 migration consultants, and Windows 10 evaluation and upgrade experts can help your company to determine which desktop computers and programs can or ought to be retained, and outline an upgrade procedure that is the least disturbing to your network operations.

Additional ways Progent can help you to upgrade to 64-bit computing include:

  • Progent's expertise providing remote network support services can save you effort and expense during your 64-bit migration, and Progent's experience working with in-house IT staffs and delivering technical knowledge transfer to them can increase the effectiveness of your network support team.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network consultants can verify that your network infrastructure is configured to support your x64 processing environment, that it is simple to track, administer, and troubleshoot, and that it offers a high level of data protection and robustness.

  • Progent's business continuity consultants can assist you in developing and validating a business continuity strategy that incorporates your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager consulting experts can help you to configure Microsoft System Center SCDPM to provide automated remote backup with the capability of fast system restoration.

  • Progent's CISSP and GIAC certified security experts can assist you create a comprehensive security strategy that implements some of the powerful protection mechanisms incorporated into 64-bit servers. Progent can also provide network security vulnerability testing to assess or verify your company's adherence to industry or government security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization experts can show you how to benefit from 64-bit virtual server solutions to conserve equipment, streamline administration, improve fault tolerance, lower colocation and hosting costs, and speed up restoration time in the event of a disaster.

  • Progent's online instruction can help bring your IT support staff and your office employees up to date quickly and affordably by delivering interactive online webinars specialized for your computing requirements and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Help Upgrading to 64-bit Computing
For additional details about how Progent's consultants can help your business to upgrade to x64 processing, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.