Umbrellar joins the Pax8 whānau

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Pax8, the leading cloud commerce marketplace, today announced it has acquired Umbrellar, the services-led Microsoft cloud solutions provider currently offering cloud managed services, migration, advisory services, and cloud procurement for over 1,000 New Zealand businesses.

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Umbrellar CEO Dave Howden says “We are thrilled about the opportunity this acquisition creates for our people, partners and mutual customers. As a premium Microsoft CSP in New Zealand, and with what I consider the most talented Microsoft engineering team in the region, I’m excited we can continue to support our ecosystem of partners and customers here in NZ and now extent globally as part of the Pax8 Asia team.”

The acquisition enables Pax8 to expand to the New Zealand market, empowering its fast-growing partner base to accelerate digital transformation locally and globally.

“As we continue to expand into the APAC region, the Umbrellar acquisition will be key to our growth in the New Zealand market,” said John Street, Chief Executive Officer at Pax8. “Together, our technology, people, and resources will enable businesses in the APAC region to modernize, digitally transform, and fuel growth with cloud solutions.”

Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Umbrellar’s mission is to deliver the technology for tomorrow’s world to its partners through first-class professional services and its procurement platform As a leading Microsoft cloud solutions provider, the company was named Microsoft NZ Partner of the Year in 2019.

“We are excited to welcome over 50 new employees from Umbrellar to the Pax8 Asia team,” said Chris Sharp, SVP at Pax8 Asia. “The team at Umbrellar are experts in cloud-enabling businesses in New Zealand, and they are the number one service provider of Microsoft cloud in the market. With a focus on infrastructure managed services, assessment, migration, and optimization, their technical expertise and award-winning professional services will prove to be a value-add for Pax8 partners.”

So who is Pax8 and what do they do?

Pax8 is focused on modernising how partners buy, sell, and manage cloud. As a born-in-the-cloud company, Pax8 simplifies the buying journey, empowering its partners to achieve more with cloud technology. The company’s technology displaces legacy distribution by connecting the channel ecosystem to its award-winning transactional cloud marketplace. Through billing, provisioning, automation, industry-leading PSA integrations, and pre and post-sales support, and education, Pax8 is a proven disruptor in the market. Pax8 has ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US for the past four years. If you want to be successful with cloud, you want to work with Pax8 – it’s the perfect pathway for Umbrellar to achieve our long-desired goals.

Why would Pax8 be interested in Umbrellar?

Umbrellar Cloud Ltd, backed by Pencarrow Private Equity is an award winning, services-led Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider. We provide cloud managed services, migration, and advisory services, as well as cloud procurement for over 1,000 NZ businesses. Our mission is to ‘Deliver the Tech for Tomorrow’s World’ via first class professional and managed services, along with our self-service procurement platform,

Umbrellar sees the sale to Pax8 as a win-win. It gives Umbrellar customers the best opportunity to continue to receive excellent levels of service as well as resulting in a positive outcome for the Umbrellar team. The team’s hard work is a large part of the reason Umbrellar is considered a solid and attractive business acquisition for Pax8, which is why all Umbrellar staff will be retained as part of the agreement.

Watch the video to get all the background on the sale and what it means for the future of our vendors, partners, customers and cloud services in New Zealand from Umbrellar CEO Dave Howden and Head of Business Operations Nadia Phillips.

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