Overview of 64-bit Processing
64-bit Upgrade HelpWith the availability of Microsoft Windows 7, the business case for upgrading to 64-bit computing has never seemed better. However, most network administrators are predictably reluctant to take on a significant migration project when the primary benefits — improved dependability, scalability, and performance — are excessively intangible to quantify with precision. As a Microsoft Gold Partner with more than a decade of background assisting businesses to implement system-wide migration projects, Progent can assist your company to understand the risks and benefits of moving to 64-bit computing, create an economical migration strategy that reduces business interruptions, and deliver cost-effective, high-level online consulting as you update the software running your current computers.

For the majority of business IT systems, 64-bit processing is a great untapped power source. Intel and AMD, the leading CPU chip makers, have been delivering 64-bit capability in their commodity CPUs for years, with the result that all classes of business computers including laptops, desktop PCs, high-powered workstations and back-office servers already have the ability to run in 64-bit mode. However the majority of these devices still host 32-bit software platforms.

The main cause for this common hesitation to participate in the 64-bit millennium is that the real benefit for updating existing systems has seemed to be modest in comparison to the work needed. There is no seamless path to migrate from a 32 to a 64-bit OS. The upgrade requires a clean install, which means reinstalling existing programs, backing up and recovering data, and configuring new 64-bit drivers. This requires thorough planning to do economically. Meanwhile, most office productivity software are still available only in 32-bit versions, so what's the benefit?

Advantages of Moving Up to 64-bit Computing
The benefits of 64-bit vs. 32-bit processing may seem subtle and hard to define precisely, but they are real. The RAM management techniques used in 32-bit OS platforms are essentially a technical band-aid that limits stability. RAM-hungry programs are sometimes not able to utilize existing RAM because the operating system is unable to assign it effectively. This results in programs shutting down or running erratically even when a machine seems to have plenty of available RAM. In addition, 64-bit operating systems support far more physical memory than 32-bit ones and crunch twice as much data per CPU cycle. You can also jump from one memory-hungry program to another more quickly when you are running in a 64-bit system. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes environments more reliable, more expandable, and faster, which in turn makes businesses more competitive.

Microsoft's x64 Initiative
Microsoft's “x64” software works with the 64-bit CPUs found in virtually all servers and desktop PCs now installed in business networks. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" platform is limited to special advanced Intel/AMD CPUs and is designed for applications that require massive multi-processing.) Prior to the availability of Microsoft Office 2010, most Microsoft client programs including 2007 Office and Visual Studio 2005 were offered solely in 32-bit versions, which can still be used on x64 Windows. The latest generation of Microsoft Office offers dramatic improvements. For example, Microsoft Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that allows you to build spreadsheets with huge databases that are not limited by the 2-Gbyte maximum file size imposed by 32-bit versions of Microsoft Office Excel.

Microsoft offers native x64 editions of many Microsoft Server System products, such as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server, Microsoft BizTalk Server, plus System Center Operations Manager. Microsoft Windows Server 64-bit versions are priced the same as 32-bit versions, so ordinarily you pay nothing extra for 64-bit server operating systems or machines.

For client computers, Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-cost x64 editions that offer advanced dependability, scalability, and throughput. As with all migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, the upgrade can’t be done without effort. Every desktop PC and server requires a clean installation that entails reinstalling applications, saving and restoring data files, and configuring 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for most current desktop PCs, and for all PCs powered by Microsoft Windows XP, even the 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 will require you to carry out a "from scratch" installation. This being the case, there will never be a better time to migrate to x64 processing on the desktop, since it will involve scarcely any extra effort.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to 64-bit Processing
In addition to helping your organization to evaluate the business advantages, costs, and technical risks attached to migrating to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you design, document, carry out, manage, and troubleshoot a system-wide move to 64-bit server and client OS software and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit infrastructure to make sure it handles all of the key 32-bit applications that you intend to keep as well as the new 64-bit editions of applications you plan to install. If adopting 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 consultants, and Windows 10 planning and upgrade consultants can help you to determine which desktop hardware and programs can or ought to be preserved, and design an upgrade procedure that is the least disruptive to your network productivity.

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

  • Progent's experience delivering online network consulting and troubleshooting can save your business time and expense over the course of your x64 upgrade, and Progent's experience cooperating with in-house support personnel and providing technical knowledge transfer to them can increase the effectiveness of your support staff.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network consultants can verify that your network infrastructure is optimized to support your 64-bit processing solution, that it is simple to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it offers a high degree of security and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's business continuity consultants can assist you in creating and testing a business continuity strategy that incorporates your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center SCDPM consulting experts can assist you to deploy System Center SCDPM to provide near-continuous remote backup with the advantage of rapid data recovery.

  • Progent's CISSP and GIAC certified network security engineers can assist you develop a company-wide security strategy that implements some of the new security mechanisms included with 64-bit server platforms. Progent can also carry out security vulnerability testing to evaluate or validate your company's compliance with industry or government security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization engineers can help you utilize 64-bit virtual server solutions to save money on hardware, streamline administration, improve robustness, cut colocation expenses, and speed up restoration time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online instruction can help bring both your network management staff and your office employees up to speed quickly and cost-effectively by delivering remote webinars customized for your computing environment and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Consulting Support for Migrating to 64-bit Computing
To learn more details about how Progent can help your business to upgrade to x64 computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.