Apollo GraphQL Releases GraphOS, a Supergraph in the Cloud Empowering Users to Build Without Complex Infrastructure

Apollo GraphQL, the supergraph company, is releasing Apollo GraphOS, an end-to-end platform that can 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, according to the company.

Key features of GraphOS 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.

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.

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