IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Nortel and a host of other partners have launched an “open” community for the development of blade server technology.

Blades are thin servers designed to help save space without sacrificing processing power.

The partners will share information at

“The community will initially focus on solution design guidance, compliance and interoperability testing, industry events and marketplace education,” IBM said in a statement.

Among the other companies joining the community are: Altiris, AMD, Avnet, BladeFusion, Broadcom, Brocade, CGAtlantic, Citrix Systems, Clovis Solutions, Devon IT, Emulex, Force10 Networks, Fulcrum Microsystems, HCL Technologies, iVivity, Myricom, NetApp, NetEffect, Neoware, Novell, OpenService, PathScale, QLogic, Qumranet, Sensory Networks, Server Engines, Stargen, Symantec, Teak Technologies, Tehuti Networks, Universal Network Machines, Universal Scientific Industrial, Virtual Iron, VMware, Voltaire, Wyse Technology and Zeus Technology.