Overview of 64-bit Processing
64-bit Upgrade SupportThanks to the availability of Windows 7, the business justification for moving to 64-bit processing has never seemed more compelling. Still, most network administrators are predictably hesitant to take on a sizable migration project when the main advantages — increased dependability, scalability, and speed — are too vague to evaluate with precision. Being a Microsoft Gold Partner with years of background assisting businesses to carry out network-wide upgrades, Progent can help you to assess the costs and benefits of moving to 64-bit processing, create an economical migration strategy that reduces productivity disruptions, and provide affordable, high-level online support as you upgrade the system software powering your current servers and desktops.

For the majority of business IT systems, 64-bit processing is a great untapped resource. Both Intel and AMD, the leading CPU manufacturers, have been delivering 64-bit ability in their mainstream CPUs for years, so that all classes of business computers such as laptops, desktop computers, high-powered workstations and advanced servers already have the ability to operate in 64-bit format. However the majority of these in-place devices still run 32-bit software platforms.

The main cause for this common hesitation to join the 64-bit millennium is that the real benefit for updating in-place computers has seemed to be modest in comparison to the effort required. There is no seamless process to upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. The upgrade requires a clean installation, which means reinstalling existing programs, backing up and recovering data, and configuring new 64-bit drivers. This demands careful planning to carry out economically. Meanwhile, many popular desktop applications are still offered only in 32-bit editions, so where's the advantage?

Benefits of Moving Up to 64-bit Computing
The benefits of 64-bit over 32-bit computing may seem vague and difficult to quantify, but they are significant. The RAM memory management schemes used in 32-bit systems are basically an engineering afterthought that limits system stability. Memory-starved programs are sometimes not able to utilize existing RAM since the operating system cannot allocate it efficiently. This results in software shutting down or executing erratically even when a machine appears to have ample 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 jump from one RAM-hungry application to another faster when you are using a 64-bit system. Basically, 64-bit computing makes systems more reliable, more expandable, and more efficient, which in turn makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Support
Microsoft's “x64” software supports the 64-bit CPUs found in virtually all servers and desktop PCs currently installed in business networks. (Microsoft's 64-bit "Itanium" platform is limited to a few advanced processors and is intended for applications that need large-scale multi-processing.) Prior to the release of Office 2010, most Microsoft client programs such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 were offered solely in 32-bit versions, which can nevertheless be used on x64 platforms. The new generation of Office delivers dramatic improvements. For example, Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit edition that allows you to build spreadsheets with enormous datasets that are not restricted by the 2-gigabyte file size that hampers 32-bit versions of Office Excel.

Microsoft has developed native x64 editions of many Microsoft Server System products, such as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and 2005, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2007, Commerce Server 2007, BizTalk Server 2006, plus Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 versions are priced and licensed identically to 32-bit editions, so ordinarily it costs nothing more for 64-bit server operating systems or machines.

For client computers, Microsoft supplies Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-price 64-bit versions that provide high stability, scalability, and performance. Like all migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms, the move up can’t be done without effort. Each workstation and server requires a clean setup that entails reconfiguring applications, backing up and restoring data, and configuring 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for most in-place desktop PCs, and for every PC running Microsoft Windows XP, the 32 or 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 will require you to carry out a "from scratch" install. 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 Help Your Business to Migrate to 64-bit Computing
Besides helping you to evaluate the practical benefits, costs, and technical variables associated with upgrading to 64-bit computing, Progent's Microsoft certified engineers can help you design, document, implement, administer, and troubleshoot a system-wide migration to 64-bit server and client OS software and applications. Progent can help you pilot your 64-bit infrastructure to verify that it supports all of the key 32-bit programs that you intend to keep plus the latest 64-bit editions of software you wish to install. If adopting Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is included in your 64-bit migration strategy, Progent's certified Windows 7 experts, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration experts can assist your company to decide which workstation hardware and applications can or should be preserved, and plan a migration process that is the least disturbing to your network operations.

Other ways Progent's consultants can help your business to upgrade to x64 computing include:

  • Progent's expertise delivering remote computer support services can save you effort and money over the course of your 64-bit migration, and Progent's background cooperating with in-house support staffs and providing technical information sharing to them can increase the effectiveness of your network support team.

  • Progent's certified Cisco CCIE network engineers can make sure that your network infrastructure is configured to accommodate your 64-bit processing solution, that it is simple to track, manage, and troubleshoot, and that it provides a high degree of data protection and fault tolerance.

  • Progent's disaster recovery consultants can assist you in creating and testing a business continuity strategy that incorporates your x64 servers. Progent's Microsoft certified System Center System Center Data Protection Manager support experts can assist you to configure System Center SCDPM to support near-continuous online backup with the capability of rapid system restoration.

  • Progent's CISM, CISSP, and GIAC network security consultants can assist you develop a comprehensive security plan that implements some of the powerful protection mechanisms included with 64-bit server platforms. Progent can also carry out network security vulnerability checking to assess or validate your network's adherence to industry or government security standards.

  • Progent's virtualization consultants can help you benefit from 64-bit virtual server technology to leverage your hardware, streamline administration, improve fault tolerance, lower hosting costs, and speed up recovery time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online education can help get your IT management team and your office workers up to speed rapidly and cost-effectively by providing interactive online virtual training specialized for your network requirements and business processes.
Contact Progent for Expertise in Migrating to 64-bit Computing
To find out more information about how Progent's engineers can assist you to upgrade to x64 processing, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.