There's never been a better time for enhancing your network dependability, capacity, and performance by moving to 64-bit computing. Let Progent show you why and how.
Nearly all small businesses now own 64-bit processors, yet almost none use them for 64-bit processing. The Intel and AMD CPUs installed in computers ranging from enterprise servers to lowly desktop PCs have for years had 64-bit architectures, but most of this powerful hardware is dumbed down to 32-bit mode in order to run the popular versions of Microsoft's operating systems and applications. What a waste!
The RAM memory partitioning schemes used in 32-bit operating systems limit system stability. RAM-starved applications are often unable to utilize existing memory because the O/S is unable to allocate it efficiently. This results in programs shutting down or running fitfully even though a system is fully loaded with RAM.
64-bit software platforms allow far more physical RAM than 32-bit systems and crunch more data per clock cycle, making computers more reliable and faster. The question is, What 64-bit software platforms?
Microsoft supports mainstream 64-bit processors with their 'x64' technology. Although most Microsoft client applications, such as 2007 Office and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, are so far only supported in 32-bit mode on x64 Windows, Microsoft does offer native x64 versions of many Microsoft Server System products, including Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Exchange 2007, Microsoft Commerce Server 2007, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, as well as System Center Operations Manager.
In the desktop space, Windows 7 is available in a 64-bit edition that sets a new standard for client stability and capacity. Like all migrations from 32- to 64-bit platforms, the upgrade can't be done seamlessly. Every workstation and server requires a clean setup that involves reconfiguring applications, backing up and recovering data, and installing 64-bit device drivers.
In fact, for most desktop PCs even the 32-bit versions of Windows 7 will require you to perform a clean install. This being the case, there has never been a better time to move to 64-bit computing, since it will require little if any additional effort. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants are experienced in designing and performing major, minimally disruptive OS migrations of in-place desktops and can help your organization leverage your network dollars by migrating to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing at the same time.
Contact Progent for Help Migrating to 64-bits
For more information about how Progent can help you develop a sensible strategy for migrating to 64-bit computing, call 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
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