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At HostiFi, we are currently managing support and updates across 780 Ubiquiti servers for our 713 customers, who have connected tens of thousands of devices.

The majority of the servers are UniFi, only 81 are UNMS, and we have a handful of UniFi Video servers managed as well. Before UCRM was integrated into UNMS v1, we were also managing UCRM v2 servers.

When Ubiquiti announced earlier this year that they would be providing UNMS cloud hosting for free, we were worried that our paid UNMS cloud hosting service would become obsolete, but after a lot of thought, research, and talks with our customers, we found that we still have a differentiated solution that our customers are willing to pay for, and we’re going to continue to invest in improving it. …


Yesterday I was searching for “UniFi Cloud Hosting” on Google as I do occasionally to check the organic search ranking for https://hostifi.net, and I found out that Ubiquiti had quietly shut down their own UniFi cloud hosting service.

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So I posted about it on Twitter to let the Ubiquiti UniFi Cloud users know that our team can help them get migrated to HostiFi.


We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you to everyone who applied! We will follow up with everyone soon.

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About HostiFi

We’re a cloud managed hosting provider specifically for Ubiquiti software. We are currently managing over 600 UniFi and UNMS Linux application servers. HostiFi was launched as a side project by Reilly Chase in May 2018, and he left his job as a Security Analyst to work full-time on it in January 2019.

In April, HostiFi raised a seed round from Earnest Capital. We hired our first employee, Safwan Shaikh, in September 2019 as a Technical Support Engineer. …


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HostiFi is a cloud hosting service for Ubiquiti software which, as of today, is managing 660 UniFi and UNMS servers for 599 subscribers and generating $12.5K in monthly recurring revenue. I built it by myself originally and worked alone until recently when I hired Safwan Shaikh as our first employee to join as a Technical Support Engineer. We work 100% remotely and have not met in person yet, but talk on a daily basis over Slack primarily. Safwan lives in Mumbai, India and I live in Michigan, USA. …


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Stay small forever or systemize, hire, and scale-up?

I felt I should share my experience with how I’ve been working on systemizing the business processes and delegating work, as it is a common challenge that entrepreneurs face in their journey.

Last month I hired Safwan Shaikh, a Technical Support Engineer, as HostiFi’s first employee.

Today, Safwan is already handling over 80%+ of our day to day support tickets and live chats, freeing up my time to work on the development of a new HostiFi website with more features.


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HostiFi Update

I started HostiFi, a Ubiquiti cloud hosting service, in May 2018. In January 2019 I went full-time on it, and since then I’ve been sharing monthly updates on website traffic, revenue, and what I’ve been working on at https://rchase.com.

My last blog post about HostiFi was in May 2019, when I wrote “Why I’m completely rewriting my $5,735 MRR SaaS” which was about some major changes that I’m building, including a website rewrite to move off of WordPress to a Laravel Spark platform.

I estimated that rewrite would take 2–3 months, and it’s been 5 months now, but it is finally getting close to completion! …


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https://rchase.com

I have a confession to make… I’ve launched over a dozen websites, 3 SaaS businesses, and an online community for IT service business owners, but I’ve never used git (until now).

I’ve always just edited the live website. I would make some changes, push it live, see how it goes, and revert back to a saved file copy if I messed up.

In the past, my websites were just side projects which had such low traffic that (probably) no one would notice if I broke something for a few minutes. …


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HostiFi homepage

I started HostiFi, a Ubiquiti cloud hosting service, 1 year ago this month. Since then, it has grown from 0 to $5,735 monthly recurring revenue. 266 paying subscribers are using 309 servers, and have connected a total of over 12,000 Ubiquiti devices!

Everything has been going great… but to scale to 1,000 servers and beyond there are some major changes that I am going to start working on now proactively.

I’m pretty sure that the current website/platform can get to 1,000 servers, but this rewrite will make the codebase easier to add new features to, make bugs easier to troubleshoot, and with the new self-service features I’ll be able to add to the user dashboard, there will be less support work. …


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What is Maker Syndrome?

Maker syndrome is a term I made up just now to describe a problem I’m having. If there’s already a word to describe this let me know. I’ve noticed that when I start making something, it starts out as a simple idea. As I get close to nearing completion of it, my mind wanders with all of the features I could possibly add to it. I begin working on all of those features at once rather than finishing the original “simple idea” first.

Maker Syndrome Side Effects

Usually what will happen next is the codebase will get big and complicated quickly and I’ll start to lose control of it. A bunch of bugs turn up, and I eventually lose interest in fixing all of them. So I move on to the next “simple idea”. And the cycle continues. …


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GhostiFi Update #11

I finished writing the entire backend of GhostiFi with only 863 lines of Python.

I’m really pushing to launch by December 9, which will be 1 month since I started development. I’ve been feeling this pressure to keep up with Jon Yongfook who is doing Pieter Levels’ “12 startups in 12 months” challenge. He’s already launched 3 startups since September!

I livestreamed GhostiFi development for about 2 hours last night, and it was a very productive session this time. Here’s what I was able to get working:

  • Refactored the existing script to improve code reusability. I moved the SQLAlchemy classes into “models.py” then imported them into “main.py”, “rebuild_daily.py”, “rebuild_weekly.py”, “rebuild_monthly.py”, …

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Reilly Chase

I help IT providers with Ubiquiti server hosting ➡️ https://hostifi.net

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