The 5.5 and 5.6 releases of MySQL introduce several new mechanisms that provide improved monitoring and performance tuning functionality. Examples are performance schemas, InnoDB metrics tables, optimizer trace, and extended explain functionality. This session outlines the vision for monitoring-related functionality in MySQL and presents an overview of the new mechanisms. It shows how these are integrated with MySQL management tools. Furthermore, it discusses how these mechanisms can be utilized by application developers, DBAs, and production engineers for tracking down performance issues and monitoring production systems.