I love Dreamhost. Usually they are fantastic; I recommend them to everyone. However, today I am plagued by mySQL outages that have crippled a client's site. When you have a site that runs php/mySQL and the mySQL is not working, you get pages of errors and ugliness and things that just don't work. All the e-commerce ground to a halt. I've got duplicate transactions and refunds to sift through. A big mess.
So, I'm wondering, is it really difficult to set up some kind of mySQL redundancy? I mean, could Dreamhost easily just move the databases from a troubled machine and plunk them onto another one that is working while they fix the broken one? I'm assuming they would do something like that if a shared webserver flaked out, so why not on a shared mySQL server? Honestly, it would be better for me if the Apache and the mySQL went down together. Having a half-functioning site just confuses people.