Apollo GraphQL Launches the Supergraph

Apollo GraphQL is offering supergraph, a network of a company’s data, microservices, and digital capabilities that empowers product and engineering teams to quickly create incredible experiences for their customers.

A supergraph acts as a composition layer facilitating collaboration between backend data and services, and frontend apps and devices.

The supergraph enables and automates organization-wide composability that delivers better performance and near infinite ways to rapidly orchestrate and recombine business domain models to meet future needs at any scale.

“The supergraph is a new way to think about GraphQL,” said Matt DeBergalis, CTO and co-founder of Apollo GraphQL. “It’s more than a way to connect front-end applications to the data and services they need to run—it’s a composition layer that can span an entire organization. We’ve already seen supergraphs become the standard GraphQL implementation powering some of the world’s most complex digital experiences. It’s a declarative and modular architecture that anyone can use and standardize around.”

Apollo is releasing major updates to the core components of its supergraph stack. This includes:

  • Apollo Router, a free and open Rust-based supergraph runtime, is now available for anyone to download. Apollo Router processes individual GraphQL queries, plans and executes those requests across federated subgraphs, and returns responses back to the client.
  • Apollo is adding two key features to Apollo Studio’s free tier, making them available to anyone. Apollo Studio is a cloud-based delivery pipeline that provides the automation, validation, and observability needed to deliver changes to a supergraph rapidly and safely. The two features, Schema Checks, which helps ensure that newly composed schema won’t break client applications, and Launches, which provides visibility into the schema-checking and launch processes, had previously only been available to enterprise customers.

In April, Apollo updated Federation, its architecture for building a modular supergraph. The updates to the Apollo Router and Apollo Studio, along with Apollo Federation, make the supergraph easy to use, more powerful, and completely free.

Apollo has been privately developing the supergraph with its customers, and it now powers important strategic initiatives at some of the world’s brightest companies, including Expedia, Walmart, Zillow, Netflix, PayPal, The New York Times, Major League Baseball, and others.

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