Pax8 Acquires Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider Umbrellar

Umbrellar was named Microsoft New Zealand Partner of the Year in 2019.

Claudia Adrien

August 1, 2022

2 Min Read

Cloud marketplace provider Pax8 is buying Umbrellar, a Microsoft cloud solutions provider. Umbrellar offers cloud managed services, migration, advisory services and cloud procurement for more than 1,000 New Zealand businesses.

The acquisition enables Pax8 to expand to New Zealand. This empowers its fast-growing partner base to accelerate digital transformation locally and globally.

New Employees to Asia Team


Pax8’s John Street

John Street is CEO at Pax8.

“As we continue to expand into the APAC region, the Umbrellar acquisition will be key to our growth in the New Zealand market,” Street said. “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. It does that through professional services and its procurement platform. The company was named Microsoft NZ Partner of the Year in 2019.

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Pax8’s Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp is SVP at Pax8 Asia.

“We are excited to welcome 50 new employees from Umbrellar to the Pax8 Asia team,” Sharp said. “The team at Umbrellar are experts in cloud-enabling businesses in New Zealand, and they are the No. 1 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.”


Umbrellar’s Dave Howden

Dave Howden is CEO at Umbrellar. He said he is thrilled about what the acquisition creates for the company’s 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 extend globally as part of the Pax8 Asia team,” Howden said.

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About the Author(s)

Claudia Adrien

Claudia Adrien is a reporter for Channel Futures where she covers breaking news. Prior to Informa, she wrote about biosecurity and infectious disease for a national publication. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Florida and resides in Tampa.

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