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Learn about the latest IT trends and news from the Top Gun engineering team. Top Gun team has an extensive knowledge base of Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Oracle, and Cisco maintenance solutions cover the complex, legacy servers as well as industry standard (x86).

Top Gun Technology COVID-19 Update

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

On behalf of our entire team at Top Gun Technology (TGT), I am writing to share with you our plan of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priorities are clear – client/employee health and safety, and business continuity. We are listening to the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and our State Government as we strive to help protect our customers and our team members. TGT Advanced and Field Engineering teams continue to operate 24/7.  At this moment, we have not seen any impact in meeting our Service Level Agreements (SLA) and delivering Mission Critical Support ServicesTM to our clients. We will continue to coordinate closely with our partners, suppliers and freight companies to ensure we support our client’s requirements. TGT has implemented the following policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19: Team members are working from home wherever and whenever possible until further notice. International travel has been suspended and domestic travel is only approved to support our business continuity plan. During these unprecedented times, we will keep you [...]

The Future of TPM 2.0

By |February 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Wondering how to extend the support of your IT Infrastructure? Third-Party Maintenance (TPM) companies provide business leaders with an alternative option. The questions organizations are left dealing with include, which path is the right path, and which TPM can they truly trust to replace the OEM after the warranty expires? In my 30 years of experience in this industry, I have witnessed dramatic changes over the past decade. The most significant change is that almost every hardware, leasing and niche IT company wants to now identify themselves as a TPM provider with a single threaded value proposition to save 40% - 80%. In my opinion, leading with cost savings demeans TPM providers that invest heavily into delivering consistent service quality across multi-OEM, multi-platform environments. Efficiencies and value are brought to the market by performing maintenance services to these standards, which requires a world class technical infrastructure, engineering talent, systems and processes. Present and future clients of TPM services need to ask impactful questions that will help decipher which providers are true technical engineering companies capable of delivering Mission Critical Support Services across their entire IT [...]

Back to Basics: How Mainframes Work & Their Future

By |November 16th, 2019|Categories: Mainframes|

Mainframes carry a stigma of being old technology, but they’re actually more relevant than ever. Today, mainframes are responsible for anything from checking in airline passengers to approving your purchase at the grocery store. Mainframes provide the e-commerce and mobile world a reliable, available, and scalable way to perform their most basic business functions. Before we dive in, let’s define some important terms: Central Processor (CPU): The main brain in charge of processing data and moving it to the correct input/output processor. System Assistance Processor (SAP): Smaller processors that help move data around as quickly as possible to the processor with the correct input/output programing. Architecture: The programing engineered into a processor that details its main function (moving data, storing data, performing client statistics, processing bulk information, computing data, etc). Input/Outputs (I/Os): Smaller CPUs built with specific architecture to take in an input and rapidly compute an output. These are stored in the I/O Cage of the mainframe. 1. How Mainframes Work Mainframes have been running in the background for decades supporting conveniences such as ATMs, accurate bank statements, online and [...]

State of Mainframe 2019

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: IBM zSystems Mainframes, IT Hardware, Mainframes, z13 Mainframes, zSystems|

Results from the Syncsort's State of the Mainframe in 2019 survey showed that IT professionals plan to focus on "mainframe optimization, cost reduction and spending" by "optimizing general processor CPU usage and leveraging zIIP engines to save money and improve performance". Mainframe organizations can further reduce costs on mainframes by talking to Top Gun Technology. Top Gun can supply IBM certified 2964/z13 and 2965/z13s mainframes, with or without added hardware warranty, at costs much lower than the OEM or business partners. Please contact us to maximize the financial benefits of utilizing refurbished, IBM branded/certified equipment in your data center.

Top 3 Mainframe Security Best Practices You Need to Know

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: Mainframes|

There have been many high-profile data breaches in recent years, and each has demonstrated the need for ironclad security measures for businesses of all sizes. While many companies focus their security efforts on commodity servers that host consumer-facing applications, it’s just as important to protect internal resources, such as mainframes. This type of hardware might seem isolated from hacking risks, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Mainframes host a high volume of critical data, so they are a prime target for breaches. To complicate matters, the majority of business data security solutions focus on other areas of types of breaches. It’s crucial to expand your efforts beyond what most obviously needs protection because hackers know the most common business vulnerabilities to exploit. If you’re ready to take action to protect your company’s mainframe infrastructure, read on to learn how to get started with our list of mainframe security best practices. Manage Access Control First things first—if you’re asking what access control entails, it’s time to make a plan to protect your data. Access control outlines restrictions on who [...]

The Secondary Market Can Help You

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: IBM zSystems Mainframes|

As clients are dealing with the spending restraints when it comes to IT capital equipment, they are now taking the time to research the historically misunderstood secondary market. Purchasing strategies that may have worked just a few years ago may not be optimal to get the highest ROI today. What has been the result?  Times are changing and the secondary market is instrumental in many companies’ IT hardware project planning and implementation strategies. Let Top Gun show you how the secondary market makes sense when you need hardware, maintenance and associated services. IBM zSystems: z13/2964, z13s/2965, EC12, BC12, z196 & z114 mainframes & features IBM Power Systems: POWER8 & 7/7+ and legacy p & iSeries Servers IBM Storage: Tape, Disk (DS8XXX and more), Libraries and VTS Connectivity: FICON Directors and 16GB Switches Hardware Leasing: Any platform, new or used Hardware Surplus Purchasing & Consolidation Services HP (new and refurbished), Dell, SUN/STK, EMC, Cisco and other manufactures' hardware is also available IBM zSystems Mainframes