Amazon EC2 to assist dedicated server?

We run a dedicated server at our work. As of the last posts about optimizing it for some special cases just another idea came to my mind:
How about letting an Amazon EC2 instance assist the dedicated server twice a year for just 2-3 hours?
Thats the only time it gets critical with the workload (mostly on the mysql database).
I yet dont know how, but if i get an idea on how this could be done i will post it here.
Maybe a replicated mysql instance, maybe a memcached instance on amazon? Would be quite cheap and could really help for just this little timeframe twice a year.

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