Engine Yard provides a clone feature that takes an environment and creates a new standalone copy. When an environment is cloned, nearly everything including the volumes that your original environment uses, are copied, excluding cron jobs and custom files such as custom Chef recipes.
An excellent use case for cloning an environment is creating an on-demand staging environment from your production application. This relieves the chore and cost of maintaining a full-time staging environment and provides the flexibility of spinning up an environment on-demand within a matter of minutes.
To create a clone
Log in to your Engine Yard account.
Navigate to the dashboard.
Navigate to the environment you want to clone by clicking on the environment name.
Click Clone Environment. The Create a clone page appears.
Enter the information necessary for your cloned environment. (See Clone options below.)
Click Clone Environment. Engine Yard clones the environment, provisions the servers, and deploys the application.