I know that MySQL has the AES_ENCRYPT and AES_DECRYPT instructions; do they use Intel's AES-NI instructions? Are there other encryption options in MySQL and do they support AES-NI?
Secondly, if MySQL does not support AES-NI, does MariaDB?
For full database encryption - preferably Transparent Database Encryption or TDE - does it exist for MySQL (preferably open source) and does it support AES-NI?
(By the way, I already know about full disk encryption; this is an investigation into just some of the alternatives.)