But back to the nuts and bolts:
Jan 12 2010:
- Alan Williamson wrote "Has Amazon EC2 become over subscribed?"
- CloudKick: Visual evidence of Amazon EC2 network issues
Then on Jan 15 2010: seldo.com wrote "Are spot instances killing the performance of Amazon EC2?", and made the first connection with spot instances.
At this point, it would be useful and informative to take the EC2 spot price history from one of these sites (cloudexchange.org seems the best), and correlate it with the network latency experienced by CloudKick and Alan Williamson. I've asked for the figures behind the graphs - we shall see!