InnoDB Cluster supports the following deployment scenarios:
Sandbox deployment: if you want to test out InnoDB Cluster before committing to a full production deployment, the provided sandbox feature enables you to quickly set up a cluster on your local machine. Sandbox server instances are created with the required configuration and you can experiment with InnoDB Cluster to become familiar with the technologies employed. See Section 20.2.4, “Sandbox Deployment of InnoDB Cluster” for instructions.
Production deployment: if you want to use InnoDB Cluster in a full production environment you need to configure the required number of machines and then deploy your server instances to the machines. A production deployment enables you to exploit the high availability features of InnoDB Cluster to their full potential. See Section 20.2.5, “Production Deployment of InnoDB Cluster” for instructions.
A sandbox deployment is not suitable for use in a full production environment.