Introduction to 64-bit Computing
64-bit Upgrade ConsultantsWith the availability of Microsoft Windows 7, the business case for moving to 64-bit processing has never been better. Still, many IT managers are predictably reluctant to take on a sizable migration task when the primary benefits — increased stability, scalability, and speed — are excessively vague to evaluate with precision. Being a Microsoft Gold Partner with more than a decade of experience helping companies to carry out network-wide migration projects, Progent can assist your company to understand the costs and benefits of adopting 64-bit computing, design an economical migration scheme that minimizes productivity interruptions, and provide cost-effective, expert online engineering help while you update the system software powering your current servers and desktops.

With most office networks, 64-bit processing is a great untapped power source. Both Intel and AMD, the leading CPU makers, have been delivering 64-bit capability in their mainstream processors for years, so that all classes of business computing hardware including notebooks, desktop PCs, engineering workstations and advanced servers already possess the ability to run in 64-bit mode. Yet most of these computers still host 32-bit software platforms.

The main cause for this widespread hesitation to join the 64-bit revolution is that the real benefit for updating in-place computers has appeared to be small in relation to the work needed. There is no automatic process to migrate from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. The enhancement demands a clean install, which means reinstalling current applications, backing up and restoring data, and configuring new 64-bit drivers. This demands thorough planning to do economically. Furthermore, many popular desktop productivity software are currently offered only in 32-bit editions, so where's the advantage?

Advantages of Moving Up to 64-bit Computing
The advantages of 64-bit over 32-bit processing may seem subtle and hard to quantify, yet they are real. The RAM management techniques utilized by 32-bit systems are basically an engineering afterthought that undermines system stability. RAM-hungry applications are sometimes not able to access existing RAM since the operating system is unable to allocate it efficiently. This can be the cause of programs shutting down or performing fitfully even though a machine seems to have ample unused RAM. Also, 64-bit software platforms allow far more addressable RAM than 32-bit systems and crunch twice as much data per clock cycle. You can also jump from one memory-intensive application to another faster when running in a 64-bit environment. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes systems more reliable, more expandable, and faster, which makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Processing Software
Microsoft's “x64” technology works with the 64-bit CPUs used in virtually all computers now installed in business IT environments. (Microsoft's "Itanium" software is restricted to a few advanced CPUs and is designed for applications that require massive multi-processing.) Prior to the availability of Office 2010, the majority of Microsoft desktop applications such as 2007 Office and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 were offered only in 32-bit editions, which can nevertheless be used on x64 platforms. The latest generation of Office delivers dramatic improvements. As an example, Excel 2010 is offered in a 64-bit edition that allows you to create spreadsheets with huge datasets that are not limited by the 2-Gbyte maximum file size that hampers previous versions of Excel.

Microsoft offers true x64 editions of key Microsoft Server System products, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2003, SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Exchange Server 2007, Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server 2006, as well as System Center Operations Manager. Microsoft Windows Server 64-bit editions are priced and licensed identically to their 32-bit counterparts, so in most circumstances it costs nothing extra for 64-bit server software or hardware.

For client computers, Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-cost x64 editions that provide high stability, capacity, and throughput. As with all migrations from 32- to 64-bit platforms, the upgrade can’t be done seamlessly. Each workstation and server requires a clean setup that entails reconfiguring application software, backing up and restoring data files, and installing 64-bit device drivers. In fact, for typical in-place workstations, and for every PC running XP, even the 64-bit release of Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 requires you to perform a clean installation. Consequently, there has never been a better time to move to x64 computing on the desktop, since it will involve scarcely any extra work.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business to Migrate to 64-bit Computing
Besides assisting your organization to evaluate the business benefits, expenses, and technical variables attached to upgrading to 64-bit computing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you design, document, implement, administer, and troubleshoot a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and desktop operating systems and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit environment to make sure it handles all of the important 32-bit programs which you want to retain as well as the new 64-bit versions of applications you plan to run. If moving to Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is included in your 64-bit migration plan, Progent's Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 migration consultants, and Windows 10 evaluation and migration experts can assist your company to decide which desktop hardware and applications can or ought to be preserved, and outline a migration process that is the least disruptive to your business operations.

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

  • Progent's experience delivering remote network consulting and support can save your business time and expense over the course of your x64 upgrade, and Progent's background working with internal IT personnel and providing technical knowledge transfer to them can improve the efficiency of your network support staff.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network consultants can make sure that your network infrastructure is configured to support your 64-bit computing solution, that it is simple to track, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it offers a high level of data protection and robustness.

  • Progent's business continuity engineers can help you in creating and testing a disaster recovery plan that includes your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager engineering experts can help you to configure Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager to provide continuous online backup with the advantage of fast data restoration.

  • Progent's CISSP and GIAC network security engineers can assist you develop a company-wide security plan that implements some of the new protection technologies included with x64 server platforms. Progent can also perform security vulnerability testing to evaluate or validate your network's adherence to industry or government security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can show you how to utilize 64-bit virtual server solutions to save money on equipment, simplify management, improve reliability, cut hosting expenses, and speed up restoration time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online instruction can help bring both your network management team and your office workers up to date quickly and affordably by delivering online webinars specialized for your network requirements and business procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Expertise in Upgrading to 64-bit Processing
To learn additional details about how Progent's consultants can help you to migrate to 64-bit processing, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.