So when doing this:
ssh -l root myKVMinstance.domain.com
i get this:
ssh: connect to host myKVMinstance.domain.com port 22: Operation timed out
at the same time while that is happening, i am able to ping, connect to apache and tomcat, and those display what i'd expect [the test pages].
Then, after a while, the server is reachable again, as if nothing ever were.
If i was connected via ssh, it would kick me out of my session with a
"Write failed: Broken pipe" error.
I am constantly pinging that box, and i get very few packets lost, mostly a single one, and then a large amount of successfully returned ones.
This is occuring on a KVM instance, the KVM host os remains reachable throughout the instance's "outage".