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How do MySQL Cluster and Galera Cluster compare? What problems are associated with each software solution, and in what situations is each system preferred?
Which permutation of MySQL should you be using? Datavail whitepaper compares and contrasts the major builds, including MariaDB, Percona, and Galera.
Which permutation of MySQL should you be using? MariaDB, the sister of MySQL, is used by Google and Wikipedia, and is open-source, but not without problems.
Overall, Galera based clustering is a robust and solid solution for high availability. Running on a 3 node Galera based cluster allows you to distribute writes and reads as you see fit while also allowing you to perform maintenance or schema upgrades without downtime.