Why do so many cell phone companies run MySQL Cluster? The faster they can look up your phone’s identification number, they faster they can start charging you! Cluster is a very interesting product and you can now evaluate the latest development version mysql-cluster-7.2-labs-memcached. Adaptive Query Localization makes complex joins run twenty times faster by having more of the hard work done by the data nodes and not the sever node. And the data nodes can do this work in parallel. I bet cell phone companies will love that.
And you can access your data through SQL and memcached! Your applications use the standard memcached API but now memcached uses its NDB driver for quick access to the information in the data nodes. For some interesting ideas on deployment. How to get started with cluster and memcached. An overview of Cluster 7.2.
Note: I made a mistake in the original post when I wrote twenty percent faster. That is pretty good but 7.2 is twenty TIMES faster. Sorry for the error!