Preparing for 64-bit Computing
64-bit Migration SupportWith the availability of Windows 7, the business justification for upgrading to 64-bit processing has never seemed stronger. However, many network administrators are understandably reluctant to launch a sizable upgrade task when the main advantages — improved dependability, capacity, and speed — are too intangible to quantify precisely. Being a Microsoft Gold Partner with years of background helping businesses to implement system-wide upgrade projects, Progent can assist your company to understand the costs and benefits of adopting 64-bit computing, design an economical upgrade strategy that reduces business disruptions, and deliver affordable, high-level remote consulting while you update the system software powering your current servers and desktops.

With the majority of office networks, 64-bit processing is a great unexploited resource. Intel and AMD, the top CPU chip makers, have been incorporating 64-bit capability in their commodity processors for years, with the result that all classes of business computing hardware including notebooks, desktop computers, engineering workstations and advanced servers already have the ability to run in 64-bit format. However most of these in-place devices continue to run 32-bit operating systems.

The primary reason for this common reluctance to participate in the 64-bit millennium is that the business advantage for upgrading in-place computers has appeared to be small in comparison to the effort needed. There is no automatic path to migrate from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. The upgrade demands a clean installation, which calls for reinstalling current applications, saving and restoring data files, and installing new drivers. This demands thorough planning to carry out economically. Furthermore, most office applications are currently offered only in 32-bit versions, so where's the advantage?

Benefits of Upgrading to 64-bit Computing
The benefits of 64-bit over 32-bit processing may seem subtle and hard to define precisely, but they are real. The RAM memory partitioning schemes used in 32-bit systems are basically a technical afterthought that undermines stability. Memory-hungry programs are often not able to utilize available RAM since the operating system cannot assign it efficiently. This can be the cause of software shutting down or running fitfully even when a machine seems to have ample available memory. 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 RAM-hungry program to another more quickly when using a 64-bit system. Basically, 64-bit computing makes environments more stable, more scalable, and more efficient, which makes companies more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Computing Software
Microsoft's “x64” technology works with the 64-bit CPUs used in most computers currently installed in office IT systems. (Microsoft's "Itanium" software is limited to special advanced CPUs and is designed for environments that require large-scale multi-processing.) Before the availability of Office 2010, the majority of Microsoft desktop applications including 2007 Office and Visual Studio 2005 were offered only in 32-bit editions, which can still be used on x64 Windows. The latest family of Microsoft Office 2010 delivers dramatic enhancements. For example, Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit edition that permits you to build spreadsheets with huge databases that are not limited to the 2-Gbyte maximum file size imposed by 32-bit releases of Excel.

Microsoft offers native x64 editions 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, plus System Center Operations Manager. Windows Server 64-bit editions are priced the same as 32-bit versions, so typically you pay nothing extra for 64-bit server software or hardware.

For desktop PCs, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-cost 64-bit versions that provide advanced dependability, scalability, and performance. Like all migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, the upgrade can’t be done seamlessly. Each workstation and server requires a clean setup that entails reconfiguring application software, backing up and recovering data, and configuring 64-bit device drivers. In fact, for most current desktop PCs, and for all PCs running XP, any release of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will require you to perform a clean install. Consequently, there has never been a better time to move to 64-bit processing on the desktop, since it will require little extra effort.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business to Migrate to 64-bit Computing
Besides helping your organization to evaluate the practical advantages, 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 repair a network-wide migration to 64-bit server and desktop OS software and business applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit infrastructure to verify that it handles all of the key 32-bit programs which you want to keep plus the latest 64-bit versions of applications you wish to run. If moving to Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is part of your x64 upgrade strategy, Progent's certified Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 migration consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration consultants can help you to decide which workstation computers and applications can or ought to be retained, and design an upgrade process that is minimally disruptive to your network productivity.

Additional ways Progent can assist your business to migrate to x64 processing include:

  • Progent's experience delivering online computer support services can save you effort and money over the course of your 64-bit upgrade, and Progent's background working with internal support personnel and delivering technical information sharing to them can increase the efficiency of your network support team.

  • 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 easy to track, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it provides a high level of security and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's business continuity consulting professionals can assist you in developing and validating a workplace recovery strategy that includes your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consulting experts can help you to configure Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager to provide near-continuous remote backup with the advantage of fast data restoration.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, and GIAC network security specialists can assist you develop a company-wide security plan that deploys some of the powerful security technologies incorporated into x64 servers. Progent can also carry out network security vulnerability checking to evaluate or verify your network's adherence to mandated security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can help you utilize 64-bit virtual server solutions to save money on hardware resources, simplify administration, enhance reliability, lower colocation and hosting expenses, and speed up recovery time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online instruction can help bring both your IT management staff and your desktop workers up to date rapidly and affordably by providing online virtual training customized for your network environment and operational processes.
Contact Progent to Get Consulting Support for Migrating to x64 Computing
To learn more information about how Progent's engineers can help you to upgrade to x64 processing, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.