At the end of 2016, Oracle released a new Plugin called MySQL Group Replication, which is a new MySQL replication method that aims to provide better High Availability, and built-in failover with consistency guarantees.
I evaluated the initial GA versions back in early 2017. I presented my initial findings with several best practices and concerns with the current implementation which made me state that Group Replication was not quite ready yet.
(Un)lucky as I was, a large part of the attendees were Oracle developers and the months after this, many of these bugs and missing features were implemented in both MySQL 8.0 as well as backported to MySQL 5.7. (Thank you!)
This is a followup presentation on my previous analysis, where I will look into the changes since and re-evaluate the readiness of Group Replication for production usage and provide my insights and opinion on the state of GR.