Support And Maintenance

The holiday season approaches.

When I go away, I like to have someone to do crisis management for me, in the past I have had a friend and colleague available to monitor my servers, make sure that things keep running and any issues which arise get dealt with. For the last three years, this has worked quite well, nothing has gone wrong and I have had a reliable person to hand over to on a quid pro quo basis. However, times change and he has moved to pastures new.

I am wondering,

a) is there someone here who would be interested in being my new ‘friend’
b) how do others manage holidays and the like, and finally
c) is there a place for some kind of a properly set up co-operative of WordPress developers and designers maybe to bulk buy and manage hosting?