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Fast Track

Increasing productivity with 64-bit systems

Arvind Chandrasekar

Arvind Chandrasekar, Business Development Manager, AMD, spoke about what his company had to offer and the increasing adoption of 64-bit among the enterprise segment.

While discussing the advantages of 64-bit processors, Chandrasekar pointed out that they allow for faster computing at a lower cost of ownership. The more memory a processor can access at a time, the less it relies on information stored on a computer’s disk drive. 64-bit therefore offers higher levels of performance to operations like large-scale e-commerce, data warehousing and analytics. It also allows scalability for emerging organisations and need to upgrade the systems.

According to Chandrasekar, AMD was the first to provide for multi-core processors that would support programs written for 32-bit as well as 64-bit. The CIOs at the emerging enterprise tracks also shared their views and experiences on whether it is expensive to shift an application (like Oracle) from 32-bit to 64-bit.

Verticals that have been early adopters of the technology are gaming, data centres, digital media, manufacturing and BFSI.

Chandrasekhar believes that emerging enterprises are faster in adopting new technologies for processors than the enterprise segment due to the larger risk involved, and because emerging businesses have little or no legacy applications. When an emerging business buys hardware today, it is looking for the best deal and value.

—Shivani Shinde

 
     
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