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An Improved Architecture for High-efficiency, High-density Data Centers
Globally, data center power and cooling infrastructure wastes more than 60 million megawatt-hours per year that do not contribute usefully to powering IT

flow chart water tower  room. Shortening the air flow path reduces mixing of hot and cold air streams which improves the predictability of air distribution. Predictable air distribution to IT equipment allows for more precise control of variable airflow rates that automatically adjust to the needs of the nearby IT loads. Instead of wasting energy with constant speed fans, variable speed fans spin only as fast as required by IT loads. In addition, row-based cooling captures the hot air from the IT load while it is still hot, befo

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ERP for the Utilities Industry

Utilities (gas, water, electricity, and energy) software is typically built off customer billing systems encompassing a suite of modules covering fleet management, maintenance management, GIS, AMR, financials, and human resources, among others. 

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