We are currently running a 3 tier architecture of portal which allows us to dev in one space, test in the second then have production in the other.
We develop such things as story maps in the dev environment. We have made a collaboration space that we can use to send those items up to the next tier once ready for testing then again to Prod after testing.
Currently the Workspace will sync either Immediately or within a 1-24hr timeframe as set.
What we would like is the ability to not Sync unless it is done manually to allow us to control fully when items synchronise.