GrapheneDB has been offering a database cloning feature for a long time. This feature is useful when scaling vertically (i.e. cloning into a higher or lower plan) or when testing Neo4j compatibility before performing an upgrade.
Up until now, the clone feature shuts down the databases to export the entire dataset, then creates a new database where the dataset is restored. We’re excited to announce a new feature that enables cloning a database without any downtime.
This new feature is very useful in cases when you want to avoid downtime, or when the dataset is static and the database is not taking any writes.
From the list of backups of database, click on the “Create DB from backup” option on the right-hand side. This will lead you to the “Clone an existing database” page where you will be able to select further options and complete the cloning process.
Alternatively, you can use the “Upgrade/Clone” button accessible from the database overview or the “Clone database” button from the databases index. This will take you to the “Clone existing database” page, where you can select the “Clone from backup” option.
Please keep in mind that the new database will have a different connection endpoint, and the origin database will not be deleted. You will need to update your application’s connection settings to your new cloned database and ensure you have deleted the origin database to avoid being charged for a database you no longer need.
As always, we welcome any feedback you might have on this new feature via Twitter @graphenedb, or via contacting us through