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"Elf-Disclosure" for June 2023

It's been a month since ElfHosted was born! ๐Ÿ‘ถ

I've worked way more than I expected, and the work has been harder than I expected, but I've immensely enjoyed the challenge of building something fast and in public.

What follows here are our recent changes, the current stats - time/money spent, revenue (haha), and lots of data / graphs re the current state of the platform.

What's new/next?

Here's what we achieved in June 2023 (not an exhaustive list, there's only so much space!):

  • [Prod website][elfhosted] based on (you guessed it!) mkdocs-material (look familiar?)
  • HA, fault-tolerant K3s Kubernetes cluster (3 servers, 3 agents, 3 ceph nodes)
  • Dedicated CI environment for pre-testing infrastructure changes
  • BYO storage / VPN fully self-service when purchasing via the store[elfhosted/store]
  • All previously supported Seedplicity [apps][elfhosted/apps] available 5
  • CLI tool (ElfBot[elfhosted/elfbot]) for self-service app restarts, backups, resets

Here's what's on the short-list for prioritization next:

  • Bring BYOVPN config to Deluge and ruTorrent
  • Add new apps to support Premiumize
  • Migrate to prod store, make bundles easier to manage
  • Regular daily maintenance period for app updates / maintenance
  • Load test with more users!


Here's our stats, updated for June 2023:

Focus June 2023
Cluster $428
Store $632 1
CI $208
Cloud $30
Development 146h / $21,900 2
Focus June 2023
Users 14
Ingress 24TB
Egress 1TB 4
Pods 478
Focus June 2023
Total invested thus far $23,200 6
Revenue $0


Most apps consume almost no CPU while idle - the larger consumers are streamers doing transcoding, and download clients doing download/unpack operations:

CPU stats for June 2023

This graph represents memory usage across the entire cluster. By far the largest consumers of RAM are the storage platforms (longhorn and ceph):

Memory stats for June 2023

I'm not sure these stats are accurate, they've likely overly high because pods on the host network (like metallb, ceph, etc) will end up counting all traffic on each host, rather than the pod itself. This is an outstanding issue to fix!

Network stats for June 2023

These are the traffic stats for egress from Hetzner. They exclude any traffic to/from Hetzner Storageboxes:

Traffic stats for June 2023

Longhorn provides RWX volumes for /config, and for some infrastructure components like Prometheus, Chartmuseum, etc.

Longhorn stats for June 2023

Ceph provides optional storage ("ElfStorage"), typically used for long-term slow storage and seeding:

Ceph stats for June 2023

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  1. Much of this is yearly fees for Wordpress plugins 

  2. Yes, that's a lot! This is the opportunity cost, over a month, of focusing on ElfHosted rather than billable consulting work! 

  3. Total spend includes yearly payments for Wordpress plugins, etc 

  4. Low egress is good, because ingress is always free, but Hetzner charges for egress after 20TB! 

  5. Except Minio, which we're not bringing back! 

  6. All moneyz are in US dollarz!