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Apollo Adds ‘Managed Federation’ to GraphQL; Drives Unmatched App Development Experience

Apollo’s Data Graph Platform Accelerates App Development with GraphQL, Protects Shared Data, and Now, with Managed Federation, Easily Scales GraphQL Organization-Wide

Like Python and R, GraphQL is a fast-growing programming language for APIs, DevOps, and data analytics professionals. Developed by Facebook in collaboration with open-source programmers, GraphQL is transforming IT and Cloud infrastructure with a highly personalized app building and testing environment for users. Taking a step towards making GraphQL for invasive in the enterprise technology stack, Apollo has announced a major update to the Apollo Data Graph Platform.

Today, Apollo is a leader and a pioneer in the use of GraphQL API technologies for modern application development.  With the new updates to Apollo GraphQL, users will be able to operate a single shared data graph for the organization, dramatically improving application delivery and user experience.

Recently, Apollo introduced open-source Federation technology that lets teams compose any number of separate GraphQL services into a single graph. Now, Apollo is announcing the managed federation tooling that provides analytics, CI, and collaboration workflows necessary for teams to work together efficiently on distributed graphs.

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“A data graph brings extraordinary benefits to how fast organizations can build high-quality apps with rich data-driven experience,” said Matt DeBergalis, CTO and co-founder of Apollo.

Matt added, “The challenge is operating this new layer without introducing a monolith that creates development chokepoints and central points of failure. That’s why we’re introducing managed federation; the tooling and infrastructure to implement and manage a data graph that’s operated by many different teams working together.”

The Apollo Data Graph Platform with Managed Federation
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Apollo’s Data Graph Platform is a comprehensive set of tools and libraries for implementing a data graph layer on top of an organization’s APIs and services. Already in use at companies such as Expedia, Airbnb, and SurveyMonkey, Apollo’s platform includes a GraphQL client and server as well as a cloud-based manager for controlling and monitoring the shared graph.

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Releasing Apollo federation to open source was the first step, bringing forth an architecture that composes multiple GraphQL services into a single graph. This allows teams to implement a shared data graph as a set of loosely coupled, separately maintained GraphQL services. Teams can build and maintain their portion of the overall graph in isolation, with the flexibility to develop independently and operate on their own release cycles.

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Now, with Apollo managed federation, organizations have the tooling to operate a federated data graph safely and with minimal overhead. The managed federation works on top of Apollo OSS federation and includes:

  • Federated service checks – keeps a GraphQL API available for the apps that rely on it, even as the data graph evolves over time. Validation and service check wire into CI systems so that every team can independently and safely update their piece of the graph.
  • Managed service deployments – coordinates changes to a shared, distributed graph without having to align across multiple teams, build new CI/CD processes, or manually re-deploy the GraphQL server to fetch the latest changes.
  • Comprehensive graph analytics – provides key insights about how to improve, maintain, and support services in a federated environment with detailed information about what services are life in production and how queries interact across these services.


Apollo’s Data Graph Platform enables organizations to adopt GraphQL with confidence, backed by a high availability production SLA and expert 24/7 support. Now, with a managed federation, organizations also have the tools needed to adopt the latest evolution in GraphQL. The managed federation is available with Apollo’s Team and Enterprise plans.

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