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Product Announcements at HasuraCon’22: making GraphQL the ultimate Data API

28 June, 2022 | 6 min read

The third edition of HasuraCon has just kicked off, and our biggest announcement this year just dropped - an SDK to make it easy to extend Hasura to any data source, making GraphQL available on any datasource!

Here is the list of all of the product announcements at this year’s HasuraCon. Join us to learn more about each of these at the dedicated sessions during the next 2 days at HasuraCon:

  • Extend Hasura to any data-source:
    • Announcing Hasura GraphQL Data Connector SDK (alpha release)
  • API evolution to support emerging data workloads:
    • Streaming Subscriptions: capture large data and fast-moving data
    • MS SQL Event Triggers: To build event driven workflows on SQL Server with native CDC
  • GraphQL DevOps improvements:
    • GitOps for GraphQL: Automated CI/CD with Github Integration in GA on Hasura Cloud
    • Enhanced observability: support for OpenTelemetry Traces in Hasura Cloud & EE
  • Increased cloud-vendor availability:
    • Hasura Enterprise on AWS Marketplace
    • Hasura on Google Cloud Platform

Introduction

GraphQL is an API loved by developers - it’s a joy to consume, has a very rich ecosystem of tooling, but remains hard and time-consuming to build, maintain and integrate with existing workflows.

When we launched Hasura in 2018 - as an instant GraphQL API on Postgres, we immediately saw tremendous adoption across the ecosystem. Developers were able to get GraphQL, but didn’t have to spend time building the GraphQL server. It just worked.

Hasura has seen adoption across the spectrum, from developers building side-projects, to teams in tech giants reducing the amount of time they spend on undifferentiated heavy lifting, to mission-critical performance and security critical workloads in some of the most regulated environments.

Here are the top 3 use-cases for Hasura users:

  1. Application Backend: Hasura is used by application development teams to build the backend of their applications. Hasura takes care of all CRUD APIs, real-time APIs as well as access control for the APIs, leaving only business logic APIs to be written by the developers.
  2. Centralised Data Access Layer: Hasura is used by data & platform teams to have realtime APIs and centralised authorization and governance for the API for analytical and operational data in their data warehouses & data lakes. Data from warehouses is ELT'd into a Hasura supported relational databases like Postgres to be able to use Hasura's realtime engine. (Watch Dan Keeley's talk at HasuraCon'22 for to see this in action) .
  3. Federated Data API: Hasura is also used by platform and app teams to create a unified data API for their organization, for other teams or external vendors. Hasura is connected to the different data systems directly to create a unified GraphQL API. With Hasura’s powerful querying abilities, including data federation APIs (cross domain joins between databases and GraphQL APIs) and the authorization engine, the GraphQL Data API can be directly used by applications and other APIs.

The key motivation in all three of these use-cases for Hasura users is to be able to build products faster - by eliminating the need to write data-access APIs and build authorization rules for each model in their API.  

Today’s announcements are a huge step for Hasura across 3 vectors:

  1. Data Sources (input to Hasura): increasing our coverage for being where your data is, in different data sources, or cloud vendors.
  2. GraphQL API (output from Hasura): The instant data API that Hasura provides is constantly evolving to support more sophisticated data workloads
  3. DevOps with GraphQL: As GraphQL becomes part of your stack, we are constantly working towards improving how GraphQL can fit into your existing workflows & production checklists.

Hasura GraphQL Data Connector SDK (alpha release)


Hasura is only as powerful as the data sources it can connect to. Since we launched our database waitlists, one of the most frequent requests from the community, customers as well as database vendors, has been to add support for the data sources they use most often. This year, we made a critical decision to create an architecture where not only are we able to add first party support for databases faster, but we can also enable the community to add support for their favorite data sources - whether it’s an operating system, any SaaS vendor (say Airtable) or a proprietary database unique to the organization.

As a first step of this journey, we’re delighted to announce an alpha-release of an SDK that makes it easy to build a GraphQL Data Connector to any data source.

We have a talk starting at 9:30AM PDT today (28th June) that will go into more details about how this works, and you can read more about it in this blogpost.

The GraphQL Data Connector Architecture 


Here are the other announcements from the conference - and we have dedicated sessions going into more details about each of these. So make sure you join us for the rest of the conference:

  • Hasura Cloud Enterprise Availability in AWS Marketplace: Hasura's Cloud Enterprise offering is now available on the AWS Marketplace. AWS customers will benefit from simplified procurement and billing and the ability to take advantage of AWS discount programs. Get started here.
Hasura Cloud Enterprise on AWS Marketplace
  • Hasura on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) General Availability lets Hasura Cloud and Cloud Enterprise users with databases and other services on GCP create Hasura projects in GCP, reducing egress charges and improving performance due to co-location. Hasura customers using Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) on GCP are now able to peer with their own VPCs - increasing performance and security. With Google announcing some incredible databases, we’re excited to see our users use Hasura with GCP Postgres, BigQuery and new databases like AlloyDB!
  • Streaming Subscriptions API allows users to build high-performance real-time apps using Hasura, streaming data to their clients in batches and updating data in real-time. Streaming subscriptions in Hasura GraphQL Engine allows users to stream data using a GraphQL subscription API and the websocket transport protocol. The API can be used to build real-time apps that can receive “subscribed” data as a stream (continuous events). This makes fetching large volumes of data possible and getting new data instantly possible.
An API for streaming data
  • Event Triggers Support for MS SQL Server enables users to connect business logic APIs with Hasura to integrate asynchronous backend logic into their applications by calling webhooks on table events such as insert/update/delete for SQL Server data sources. Event triggers have been one of the most loved features that Hasura first introduced on Postgres, and we’re now excited to have support for event triggers for MS SQL Server databases enabling users to connect business logic APIs with Hasura to integrate asynchronous backend logic into their applications.
  • GitHub integration General Availability increases ease of CI/CD pipeline management, reliability and development speed by helping developers move quickly and easily between local development and Hasura Cloud. A preview apps feature (still in beta) enables users to quickly test changes to metadata migrations and link to GitHub PRs to automatically deploy with every push.
  • Support for OpenTelemetry Traces in Hasura Cloud and Hasura Enterprise Editions gives customers enhanced observability through traces in the OpenTelemetry format via OpenTelemetry compatible agents and direct connections with APM tools such as New Relic and Dynatrace. This enables them to provide better reliability and end user experiences for their mission-critical applications through rapid problem diagnosis.

Join us for the remainder of HasuraCon to learn more about each of these announcements, hear from our users how they’re using Hasura, and learn about the larger trends in the ecosystem with GraphQL & Serverless and the infrastructure layer that is the Data API.

If you're looking to take the features announced today for a spin, head to Hasura Cloud or our docs to get started.

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Rajoshi

Rajoshi

Co-founder & COO, Hasura

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