Memcached is a datastore that is designed with making web applications faster and more performant with caching. It’s very similar to other datastores like Redis that are used for keeping data in an fast-to-access place for your web application, as opposed to going to something like a relational database each time.
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An Adventure in Learning Memcached (code.google.com)
Distributed Caching with Memcached (www.linuxjournal.com)
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