Overview of 64-bit Processing
64-bit Migration ConsultantsThanks to the release of Microsoft Windows 7, the business justification for upgrading to 64-bit computing has never been more compelling. However, most network managers are understandably hesitant to launch a sizable migration project when the primary advantages — improved stability, capacity, and performance — are too intangible to evaluate with precision. Being a Microsoft Partner with more than 20 years of experience assisting companies to implement network-wide upgrades, Progent can assist you to understand the risks and benefits of moving to 64-bit computing, design an efficient migration scheme that reduces operational disruptions, and deliver cost-effective, expert remote engineering help while you upgrade the software powering your current servers and desktops.

With most office networks, 64-bit processing is a giant untapped resource. Both Intel and AMD, the leading CPU chip makers, have been incorporating 64-bit capability in their commodity CPUs for years, so that all types of business computers such as notebooks, desktop computers, engineering workstations and advanced servers now possess the ability to run in 64-bit mode. However the majority of these devices still host 32-bit operating systems.

The main cause for this widespread hesitation to participate in the 64-bit revolution is that the business benefit for upgrading in-place computers has appeared to be small in relation to the work required. There is no automatic process to migrate from a 32-bit to a 64-bit OS. The enhancement requires a clean install, which calls for reinstalling current applications, saving and recovering data files, and configuring new drivers. This requires thorough planning to carry out economically. Furthermore, many popular desktop applications are currently offered only in 32-bit versions, so where's the benefit?

Benefits of Upgrading to 64-bit Computing
The benefits of 64-bit vs. 32-bit computing may appear to be vague and difficult to quantify, but they are real. The RAM partitioning techniques utilized by 32-bit operating systems are essentially a technical band-aid that limits stability. RAM-starved programs are sometimes unable to access free memory since the O/S is unable to allocate it effectively. This can be the cause of programs shutting down or performing fitfully even though a machine appears to have plenty of unused RAM. Also, 64-bit operating systems allow much more addressable RAM than 32-bit systems and process more data per CPU cycle. You can also go from one memory-intensive program to another more quickly when you are running in a 64-bit environment. Fundamentally, 64-bit computing makes environments more stable, more scalable, and more efficient, which makes businesses more productive.

Microsoft's 64-bit Computing Software
Microsoft's “x64” software works with the 64-bit CPUs used in most servers and desktop PCs now installed in office networks. (Microsoft's "Itanium" software is limited to special advanced CPUs and is intended for environments that require massive multi-processing.) Before the release of Office 2010, most Microsoft desktop programs such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 were available only in 32-bit editions, which can still be used on x64 platforms. The latest generation of Office 2010 delivers significant improvements. As an example, Microsoft Office Excel 2010 is available in a 64-bit version that allows you to build spreadsheets with enormous databases that are not limited by the 2-gigabyte file size that hampers previous releases of Office Excel.

Microsoft has developed native x64 editions of key Microsoft Server platforms, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, as well as Operations Manager. Windows Server x64 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 workstations, Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same-cost x64 versions that provide high dependability, capacity, and performance. Like all upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms, the upgrade can't be done without effort. Each workstation and server needs a clean installation that entails reinstalling applications, saving and restoring data, and installing 64-bit drivers. On the other hand, for most in-place desktop PCs, and for all PCs running Windows XP, any release of Windows 7 or 8 will require you to carry out a clean installation. This being the case, there will never be a better opportunity to migrate to x64 computing on the workstation, since it will involve scarcely any extra effort.

How Progent Can Help Your Business to Upgrade to 64-bit Processing
Besides assisting you to understand the business advantages, expenses, and technical variables associated with migrating to 64-bit processing, Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help you plan, document, carry out, manage, and repair a system-wide migration to 64-bit server and desktop operating systems and applications. Progent can help you test your 64-bit infrastructure to make sure it supports all of the key 32-bit programs that you want to retain as well as the new 64-bit versions of applications you plan to run. If adopting Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is included in your 64-bit upgrade plan, Progent's certified Windows 7 engineers, Windows 8.1 consultants, and Windows 10 testing and migration consultants can help your company to determine which desktop computers and programs can or ought to be retained, and outline a migration procedure that is the least disturbing to your business operations.

Other ways Progent can help your business to upgrade to x64 processing include:

  • Progent's experience delivering remote network consulting and support can save you effort and expense during your 64-bit upgrade, and Progent's background cooperating with internal IT staffs and delivering technical information transfer to them can increase the effectiveness of your support team.

  • 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 repair, and that it offers a high degree of data protection and reliability.

  • Progent's business continuity engineers can assist you in creating and testing a business continuity plan that incorporates your 64-bit servers. Progent's Microsoft certified Microsoft System Center SCDPM engineering professionals can help you to deploy Microsoft System Center System Center Data Protection Manager to provide automated online backup with the advantage of rapid data recovery.

  • Progent's CISM and CISA certified network security engineers can assist you create a company-wide security strategy that deploys some of the powerful security mechanisms included with 64-bit server platforms. Progent can also perform network security vulnerability testing to evaluate or confirm your network's compliance with mandated security requirements.

  • Progent's virtualization experts can show you how to benefit from 64-bit virtual server technology to conserve hardware resources, streamline administration, enhance fault tolerance, cut colocation costs, and reduce restoration time in case of a catastrophic breakdown.

  • Progent's online training classes can help bring both your IT support team and your desktop employees up to date rapidly and cost-effectively by delivering online webinars specialized for your network requirements and operational procedures.
Contact Progent to Get Support for Upgrading to x64 Processing
For more details about how Progent's consultants can help your business to upgrade to 64-bit computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.