The consortium actually has latched onto what it's calling three megatrends that it highlighted at its recent conference in New York: converged networks, advanced energy efficiency and hyper consolidation. Some of the presentations and proceedings from the conference are at this link. One that might be of particular interest to readers of this green tech blog is "Close Coupled Cooling - A New Concept for Data Center Heat Rejection" (given by Jim Simonelli, the chief technology officer of APC). There's also one about how memory and processor technologies will play a role, given by Intel, that might be appropriate for your own company.
Certainly Blade.org has an agenda, but they also have some specific case study information on their site from which you might be able to pull some best practices. Data center managers might also want to keep their eye on the aforementioned collaboration efforts, which each represent products from several different companies. You can read about some of those collaborations here. One that may be of particular interest is a solution focused on data centers for small and midsize businesses that is a reference architecture using technology from APC, IBM and Kell Systems.
Kell is touting something pretty interested called portable server environments. You can read more here.
- An integrated solution from APC, IBM Blade