snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Matt Prigge argues that it is high time to count 'cloud computing' among history's most prominent IT snake oils — technical trends fraught with "transformational" sales pitches that fell far short. 'After a couple of years of obsessive coverage by trade rags and analyst firms, I think "the cloud" has jumped the shark,' Prigge writes. 'We've been inundated by stories declaring that cloud infrastructure will mark the end of cap ex for IT — and almost as many articles labeling the cloud as an unreliable, underpowered security nightmare. When I first started hearing rumblings about cloud infrastructure a few years ago, I actually thought I might have missed some huge technological development. It didn't take me long to figure out that at a very basic level, cloud infrastructure isn't new at all. It's the marketing and spin that's new.'"