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October 5, 2022

Apollo GraphQL Introduces Its GraphOS Platform for Supergraphs

Oct. 5, 2022 — Apollo GraphQL, the supergraph company, has introduced Apollo GraphOS, the world’s first end-to-end platform to build, connect, and scale any supergraph. GraphOS is the execution fabric for the supergraph – a powerful runtime that connects backend and frontend systems in a modular way. It offers self-hosted or cloud-hosted routing, so users can choose to operate the supergraph in the cloud, and build without complex infrastructure setup or configuration.

Key features include:

  • Cloud-hosted or self-hosted routing for supergraphs with Federation built in. Connect everything in one graph with a blazing fast supergraph runtime where you need it.
  • Advanced GraphQL capabilities. New and upcoming features like @defer, live queries, and edge caching give devs the power and flexibility to build a new generation of apps.
  •  A central source of truth for schemas and delivery pipeline for changes. Keep all of your developers up to date with the most recent schema changes, and verify changes against past client operations before they hit production.
  • Powerful security and governance best practices included. Control who can access your supergraph, as well as when and why they can do it. SOC 2 Type II compliant. Tested and audited by Doyensec.

“The supergraph is built to solve the needs of application developers – to give them the flexibility and resources they need to build amazing experiences without the complexity and friction that constantly gets in the way,” said Matt DeBergalis, Apollo’s CTO and co-founder. “We’ve seen industry consensus that the supergraph meets those needs – some of the world’s biggest and most forward-thinking companies are using it. With GraphOS, we’re removing the complexity involved with operating a supergraph, while giving everyone an easy onramp to experience the benefits of having one.”

Additionally, GraphOS will soon include the ability to link supergraphs beyond organizational firewalls. Building modern apps requires connecting disparate third-party APIs like partners, payment services, content management systems, or public APIs, a job usually done manually, one at a time through REST connections. GraphOS lays the foundation to create a “global supergraph” that acts as a marketplace of data available to developers that they can query for anything they need in a single operation.

“If supergraphs are about connecting everything together, and if organizations around the world are building supergraphs, developers should be able to connect data and services beyond what’s available to them inside their company,” said Geoff Schmidt, Apollo’s CEO and co-founder. “When those global connections are made, the supergraph becomes a window into the world’s data – a new fabric for the internet that everyone can access and use to build and create whatever they want. It becomes a global, decentralized, collective resource like the World Wide Web.

“Imagine a world where developers had any data and capability available to them, from sources all over the world that they could use, remix and use again. It would fundamentally change what it means to build digital experiences. App development would become a much more human-centric discipline based on people’s needs, rather than the financial outcomes of the companies building the apps,” Schmidt continued.

In May, Apollo introduced the supergraph, a GraphQL architecture that creates a network of a company’s data, microservices, and digital capabilities which empowers product and engineering teams to quickly create incredible experiences as fast as they can imagine them.

The supergraph eliminates the complexity of sourcing and orchestrating data, fine-grained APIs, microservices and different client applications during the app development process. The supergraph enables and automates organization-wide composability which delivers better performance and near infinite ways to rapidly orchestrate and recombine business domain models to meet future needs at any scale.

About Apollo GraphQL

Apollo GraphQL, the supergraph company, is the leader in open source and commercial GraphQL technologies. Apollo helps engineering teams build supergraphs that accelerate application development and deliver better, more cohesive experiences. Apollo’s open-source GraphQL client, server, and gateway are downloaded more than 17M times per month and used in production by over 30 percent of the Fortune 500. Customers like Walmart, Expedia, Glassdoor, Audi, and PayPal, use the Apollo Graph Platform to unify their GraphQL efforts, collaborate on graph development, and safely iterate on their graphs. Based in San Francisco, Apollo is backed by Insight Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, and Trinity Ventures.

Source: Apollo GraphQL