Administering cloud applications and infrastructure, especially in multi-cloud environments, is a persistent headache for channel pros at present due chiefly to a lack of centralized management tools. Vendors such as Augmentt, SkyKick, and Zerotek have all introduced products this year aimed at addressing that issue. Pax8 Pro is designed to provide more targeted aid with management tasks related to the license procurement and provisioning tasks Pax8 already helps partners execute.
“There’s a lot of other tools out there doing different things,” Walsh says. “We’re in a great position to do what we’re doing because we start with the buying and delivery of a license.” The company has no ambitions to turn Pax8 Pro into a substitute for PSA or RMM platforms, he emphasizes.
2020 has been a tumultuous year for cloud computing marked by increased adoption of cloud solutions among businesses with work-from-home users on the one hand but reduced SMB headcounts and IT budgets on the other. The net effect of those cross currents has been positive for Pax8’s balance sheet, according to Walsh.
“We prepared for things dropping off a little bit,” he says. “It’s actually been a very strong finish to our year.”
Cymulate, airSlate, and Tier2Technologies are among several vendors that have joined Pax8’s line card this year. The company has added products from Acronis and StorageCraft to its catalog in recent months as well