This is yet another reason to question the validity of product awards – particularly those that are self-submission.
In October, when Microsoft delivered Windows Server 2016 1709, it removed Storage Spaces Direct. The company stated that is removed the feature because it just wasn’t good enough and didn’t meet customer needs. Then, just a month later in November, Storage Spaces Direct was back and, was launched as part of the 17035 build update. The company didn’t extol any new features nor were any accolades offered up about how it had been improved.
Fast forward another month and Storage Spaces Direct has won an award. In fact, its a major award (to offer a quote from the movie, A Christmas Story). Storage Spaces Direct has won Product of the Year in CRN’s Software Defined Storage category. That must have been one heck of a month hiatus for Storage Spaces Direct to go from not good enough to product of the year.
So, either the award is for the previous version (prior to 1709) or somehow the company was able to garner enough support in a single month of operation. Either way, its good press for the feature. But, it does leave you wondering how much credence one can actually put into these award events.
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