Overview of 64-bit Computing
64-bit Upgrade ConsultantsThanks to the availability of Microsoft Windows 7, the business case for upgrading to 64-bit processing has never been stronger. However, many IT administrators are understandably hesitant to launch a sizable migration task when the main advantages — improved stability, capacity, and performance — are too vague to evaluate with precision. Being a Microsoft Gold Partner with more than a decade of background helping companies to implement network-wide migration projects, Progent can assist you to assess the costs and rewards of adopting 64-bit processing, design an economical upgrade strategy that reduces business interruptions, and deliver affordable, high-level remote engineering help as you upgrade the software powering your existing computers.

For most office networks, 64-bit computing is a giant unexploited resource. Both Intel and AMD, the top CPU chip manufacturers, have been delivering 64-bit capability in their commodity CPUs for years, with the result that all classes of business computing hardware such as laptops, desktop PCs, engineering workstations and back-office servers already possess the ability to operate in 64-bit format. However the majority of these devices still run 32-bit software platforms.

The primary cause for this widespread reluctance to join the 64-bit millennium is that the business advantage for upgrading existing systems has appeared to be small in relation to the effort required. There is no seamless path to migrate from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. The enhancement requires a clean install, which calls for reinstalling current programs, saving and recovering data files, and configuring new drivers. This requires thoughtful planning to carry out economically. Furthermore, many popular office applications are currently offered only in 32-bit versions, so where's the advantage?

Benefits of Moving Up to 64-bit Processing
The benefits of 64-bit over 32-bit computing may seem vague and hard to quantify, but they are real. The RAM allocation techniques utilized by 32-bit platforms are basically an engineering afterthought that limits system stability. RAM-starved applications are sometimes not allowed to utilize free RAM since the O/S is unable to assign it effectively. This results in programs shutting down or performing fitfully even though a computer appears to have plenty of unused memory. Also, 64-bit operating systems allow far more physical memory than 32-bit ones and crunch more information per clock cycle. You can also switch from one RAM-intensive application to another more quickly while using a 64-bit system. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes systems more reliable, more scalable, and more efficient, which in turn makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Computing Software
Microsoft's “x64” software works with the 64-bit CPUs used in virtually all computers currently deployed in office networks. (Microsoft's "Itanium" technology is limited to special advanced CPUs and is designed for environments that require massive multi-processing.) Prior to the availability of Microsoft Office 2010, the majority of Microsoft client applications such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2005 were available only in 32-bit editions, which can still be run on x64 platforms. The new generation of Microsoft Office offers significant improvements. For example, Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that allows you to build spreadsheets with huge databases that are not restricted by the 2-Gbyte file size that hampers 32-bit editions of Excel.

Microsoft has developed true x64 editions of many Microsoft Server platforms, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server 2007, Microsoft BizTalk Server, plus Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced the same as 32-bit counterparts, so in most circumstances it costs nothing extra for 64-bit server software or machines.

For workstations, Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price x64 editions 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 seamlessly. Every desktop PC and server needs a clean installation that involves reconfiguring applications, saving and restoring data, and installing 64-bit device drivers. On the other hand, for typical in-place workstations, and for all PCs powered by XP, any edition of Windows 7 or 8 requires you to carry out a "from scratch" installation. Consequently, there has never been a better time to upgrade to x64 processing on the workstation, since it will involve scarcely any additional effort.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to 64-bit Computing
Besides helping you to evaluate the practical benefits, costs, and technical variables associated with upgrading to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can help you design, document, implement, manage, and troubleshoot a system-wide migration to 64-bit server and client operating systems and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit environment to make sure it supports all of the important 32-bit applications which you intend to keep as well as the new 64-bit editions of applications you plan to install. If moving to Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your 64-bit migration strategy, Progent's Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 migration consultants, and Windows 10 evaluation and upgrade experts can help your company to decide which desktop computers and applications can or ought to be preserved, and plan a migration process that is the least disruptive to your business operations.

Additional ways Progent's consultants can help your business to migrate to 64-bit processing include:

  • Progent's experience providing online computer support services can save your business time and expense over the course of your 64-bit upgrade, and Progent's experience working with internal support staffs and delivering technical information sharing to them can increase the efficiency of your network support staff.

  • Progent's Cisco CCIE network engineers can make sure that your network architecture is configured to accommodate your 64-bit computing solution, that it is simple to track, administer, and repair, and that it provides a high degree of security and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's business continuity engineers can assist you in developing and validating a business continuity plan that includes your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center SCDPM support professionals can help you to deploy Microsoft System Center SCDPM to support ongoing remote backup with the capability of rapid data recovery.

  • Progent's CISSP and GIAC certified network security engineers can help you develop a comprehensive security plan that implements some of the new protection technologies included with 64-bit servers. Progent can also carry out network security vulnerability testing to assess or verify your company's compliance with industry or government security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization engineers can help you use 64-bit virtual server technology to leverage your equipment, streamline administration, improve fault tolerance, lower colocation expenses, and reduce recovery time in the event of a disaster.

  • Progent's live online instruction can help bring both your IT support staff and your desktop workers up to date quickly and affordably by providing online webinars customized for your computing requirements and operational processes.
Contact Progent to Get Help Upgrading to x64 Processing
For more information about how Progent's consultants can help you to migrate to x64 computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.