Apollo Debuts Advancements for Intuitive, Highly Performant GraphQL Federation

Apollo GraphQL, the creator of GraphQL federation, is unveiling new capabilities for Apollo GraphOS—the industry standard platform for GraphQL—that enhance developer productivity, maximize the value of APIs, and increase overall performance.

According to Gartner’s "When to Use GraphQL to Accelerate API Delivery” report, 30% of enterprises using GraphQL will utilize GraphQL federation by 2027, up from less than 5% in 2024. Apollo anticipates that the use of GraphQL federation as their API access layer will increase by 12x.

These conditions prompted Apollo GraphQL to improve API teams’ productivity with the necessary visibility, usability, and performance capabilities for GraphQL federation. Acting as an abstraction layer for API complexity, GraphOS empowers engineering teams to rapidly build and iterate their products as customer demands fluctuate.

“At enterprise-scale, every millisecond of latency in your consumer’s digital experiences impacts the bottom line,” said Rob Brazier, VP of product at Apollo GraphQL. “With this release of Apollo GraphOS, we’ve made it even easier for API platform teams to observe and optimize the performance of federated graphs.”

The latest updates to Graph OS further help to deliver operational excellence for enterprises leveraging GraphQL federation to ease platform engineering. Now, Graph OS users benefit from the following features to deliver GraphQL federation at any scale:

  • Improved application performance through a simplified form of API caching that spans any number of APIs and supports entity caching
  • Cost limiting of GraphQL with native, centralized cost calculation
  • Enhanced telemetry, offering both standardized and custom metrics, that help to optimize federated graphs for performance and business goals with unparalleled visibility
  • Improvements to the GraphOS management plane, featuring schema checks for federated graph changes and UX enhancements that avoid downstream breakage

“GraphQL federation removes the friction between the front end and back end that we see in distributed architectures,” said Matt DeBergalis, chief technology officer and co-founder at Apollo GraphQL. “This latest GraphOS release enables API platform teams to operationalize GraphQL federation’s benefits faster, so they can focus less on building custom tooling and more on their customers’ needs.”

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