We are a growing company that started on one server with LAMP stack, and have grown where we need to do things like:
1) optimize DB schema design
2) optimize DB config and system design
3) optimize queries
For example, the immediate need is to to go from one DB instance on one server, out to a master/slave on two servers. We had Rackspace attempt to do this for us by their first line support techs and the replication would die on a daily basis after several attempts to correct. Finally we just took the slave offline.
Rather than pay RS for random DBA consulting we'd like to establish a relationship with someone who can help with this kind of thing and #1, 2, 3 above as needed over the long term. Potential for hours to increase over time as our business grows, if desired.
Maybe obvious, but we expect some amount of proficiency in Linux to be able to work with ease on the server itself as well as with whatever remote tools.
While not the primary expertise desired for...