Introduction

Beta

OnRamp is currently in beta. Some documented features may not yet be implemented or subject to change prior to the final release.

Overview

OnRamp captures and transfers user data files from Windows to the cloud. Migration to the cloud is a painful, costly process for any organization. OnRamp dramatically lowers the cost, reduces the labor and increases the success rate of any cloud migration project. The tool ensures a smooth, repeatable process that can be used to migrate files from a single user’s system or automate migration for hundreds or thousands of PCs. OnRamp not only moves data files, but ensures file names and lengths are valid for the target cloud platform. The location of files transferred when on the cloud is completely customizable. Moreover, it increases user satisfaction and reduces support calls post-migration.

What is User Data?

User data represents all the data files that makes a computer productive for a user.

OnRamp locates and moves documents and files to ensure no data is missed, including documents not only in the user’s profile folders (like My Documents or My Pictures) but in any location on the computer.

Why move files to the cloud?

As cloud platforms have matured, more users are storing their data files in the cloud so they can be backed up from their desktop or laptop computers, as well as being accessible from all of their computers and devices. As corporations have begun moving to Choose Your Own Device, and Bring Your Own Device, they store user data in the cloud to allow access to data from any device - simplifying IT's task of managing devices and data.

How does OnRamp Work?

OnRamp was designed to be immediately usable so any user can quickly and confidently migrate their files to the cloud. It is simple enough for end users to migrate desktop computer files to the cloud and at the same time powerful enough for administrators to preconfigure, then run automated on end user desktop systems.

User Interface

Used for interactive migrations, as well as for administrators to configure migrations. The OnRamp user interface makes it easy to configure exactly what files should be transferred and for connecting to the user's cloud account. See User Interface Overview for more information on the user interface.

Advanced File Rules

OnRamp includes common file migration File Rules for most users. For administrators and advanced users, these can be modified or deleted, and new custom File Rules created. See Advanced File Rules for more information on the powerful options for file migrations.

Process

The recommended steps for performing cloud migration projects using OnRamp is covered under Planning a Cloud Migration Project with OnRamp, but at a high level the sequence of events is this:

End-User

  1. Install OnRamp (see Installing).
  2. Log into your cloud account.
  3. Migrate your data to the cloud. More advanced users can customize which files to transfer and what cloud folders to put them in (see Advanced File Rules).

Corporate Environment

  1. Install OnRamp in a central location (see Installing).
  2. Create one or more configuration files using the user interface (see Configuring).
  3. Run OnRamp on each computer that files are being migrated from. See Automating OnRamp for information on how this can be automated.

Automating OnRamp

Almost every aspect of OnRamp can be scripted and automated through the use of the extensive command-line support. Please see Automating OnRamp for a complete reference of the command-line features of OnRamp. It is also possible to use OnRamp to migrate individual systems or a small number of systems. The process descriptions in Planning a Cloud Migration Project with OnRamp cover these scenarios.