17.2 Getting Started
MySQL Group Replication is provided as a plugin to MySQL server, and each server in a group requires configuration and installation of the plugin. This section provides a detailed tutorial with the steps required to create a replication group with at least three members.
An alternative way to deploy multiple instances of MySQL is by using InnoDB cluster, which uses Group Replication and wraps it in a programmatic environment that enables you to easily work with groups of MySQL server instances in the MySQL Shell 8.0 (part of MySQL 8.0) . In addition, InnoDB cluster interfaces seamlessly with MySQL Router and simplifies deploying MySQL with high availability. See Chapter 20, InnoDB Cluster.