mysqlnd the MySQL native driver for PHP brings a lot of value to MySQL.
There is no change for developers that can still use the mysqli and PDO API.
This driver supports a plugins extension capability. Some very useful features have been implemented :
- mysqlnd_ms replication and load balancing plugin
- mysqlnd_qc query result cache plugin
- mysqlnd_memcache innoDB memcache plugin
- mysqlnd_uh user handler plugin
- mysqlnd_mux plugin to multiplex PHP connections
MySQL Fabric is the new sharding framework for MySQL. The mysqlnd_ms plugging the MySQL native driver makes it possible to use this sharding framework from PHP.