Why, then, has Verizon given it the red light? The company has not said.
The information comes from (who else?) sources cited by The Boy Genius. This version of firmware was supposed to be the holy grail of firmware versions for the Storm. No one is sure where this leaves the Storm with respect to new development.
Last week at RIM's Wireless Enterprise Symposium, I was told by a RIM employee that the company was very close to an official, Verizon-approved new firmware build for the Storm. He didn't say whether or not that was 22.214.171.124 or another, unnamed build. At this point, I can only hope for the latter.
Though it is only available via unofficial channels, I highly recommend updating your Storm to 126.96.36.199 if you can manage.