The Amazon Aurora MySQL-compatible Edition is a fully managed relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. It is purpose-built for the cloud using a new architectural model and distributed systems techniques. It provides far higher performance, availability, and durability than previously possible using conventional monolithic database architectures. Amazon Aurora packs a lot of innovations in the engine and storage layers. In this session, we do a deep-dive into some key innovations behind Amazon Aurora MySQL-compatible edition. We explore new improvements to the service and discuss best practices and optimal configurations.