Is the Memcache extension baked in like Handlersocket was?

We’ve been invested in the Handlersocket capabilities in Percona for a while, but it seems with Oracle deciding to prop up memcache instead, the delayed integration of Handlersocket by Percona in 5.6 until just recently, and the seemingly low profile it’s getting everywhere else, it just feels like the memcache route will win out in the end. Correct me if I’m wrong!

Our application is abstracted from the DB enough that it won’t be too much work to write a new memcache layer to replace the handlersocket one but I’m having a hard time finding information on the memcache plugin beyond the interface itself. My biggest question is: is the memcache extension for mysql baked in like handlersocket was?

Thanks,

Kevin.

Hmmm, after reading the following (albeit a bit old now)…

http://www.percona.com/blog/2013/03/29/mysql-5-6-innodb-memcached-plugin-as-a-caching-layer/

It looks like memcache isn’t reaching near the same performance levels of handlersocket in the real world. Does anyone have any more up to date stats, benchmarks, or in-depth comparisons?