Native GraphQL Support Makes FaunaDB the Most Full-featured Database
for Building Cloud-native, Serverless Apps
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#2019DBTA100—Fauna,
provider of the popular cloud-first database FaunaDB,
recently named to the 2019 DBTA 100, announced
today the general availability of its GraphQL API. The introduction
of GraphQL support further boosts developer productivity by enabling
fast, easy development of serverless applications and makes FaunaDB the
only serverless backend that supports this critical layer for universal
With support for GraphQL,
FaunaDB offers one of the most versatile cloud
database services in the market. Serverless and multi-cloud, FaunaDB
allows developers to use any API of choice to manipulate all their data,
thereby unlocking new levels of productivity for serverless application
“Fauna’s GraphQL support is being introduced at a perfect time as rich,
serverless apps are disrupting traditional development models,” said
Matt Biilmann, CEO at Netlify, a Fauna partner. “GraphQL is becoming
increasingly important to the entire developer community as they
continue to leverage JAMstack and serverless to simplify cloud
application development. We applaud Fauna’s work as the first company to
bring a serverless GraphQL database to market.”
Bridging the Data Gap in Serverless App Development
GraphQL allows developers to specify the shape of the data they need
without requiring changes to the backend components that provide that
data. The GraphQL API in FaunaDB enables teams to collaborate more
smoothly, allowing back-end teams to focus on security and business
logic, and front-end teams to concentrate on presentation and usability.
Developers using the GraphQL API in FaunaDB can now leverage all of the
common database capabilities of transactional consistency, user
authorization, data access, quality of service (QoS) and temporal
storage to develop serverless
applications more seamlessly.
Consistency: FaunaDB offers the highest consistency levels for
its transactions. These strong consistency guarantees are automatically
applied to all platform APIs.
Authorization: Unlike most databases that control access at a
table level, FaunaDB provides access control at a row (document) level.
This fine-grained access control is applicable to all APIs, be it
GraphQL or SQL.
Shared Data Access: Data written by one API (e.g. GraphQL) can be
read and modified by another API (e.g. SQL). This is in stark contrast
with databases that limit APIs to their specific datasets.
QoS: FaunaDB’s built-in prioritization policies for concurrent
workloads are enforced at the database level or with access keys. All
API access automatically adheres to these QoS definitions.
Temporality: FaunaDB is the only database that provides built-in
temporality support with no limits on data history. With per-query
snapshots, any platform API (e.g. SQL) in FaunaDB can return data at any
“The rise of serverless development is being driven by the growing
demands for simplicity and the desire to pay for infrastructure on a
per-use basis,” said Evan Weaver, Founder and CEO of Fauna. “FaunaDB
meets both of these requirements and is proven to be one of the safest
transactional cloud-first databases on the market. This latest
enhancement demonstrates our commitment to simplifying application
development and enabling developers to capture the benefits of
operational simplicity, horizontal scalability and transactional
consistency in a single system, while only paying for the queries they
According to Zion
Research, the global serverless architecture market was valued at
$3.46 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $18.04 billion by 2024.
Given this tremendous growth and the benefits that GraphQL brings to
serverless development, developers will increasingly look for back-end
GraphQL support like that which is found in FaunaDB to close the data
gap that until now, has existed between the back-end database and cloud
FaunaDB is a cloud-first database that offers low-latency, global access
to both relational and document data, without sacrificing strong data
consistency. Scalable, secure, and developer-friendly, FaunaDB is
designed to support modern application development in the Cloud.
Developers looking to build rich applications look to FaunaDB as the de
facto data platform for speed and ease. Founded in 2012 by the team that
scaled Twitter, Fauna is based in San Francisco and Boston, and funded
by Point72 Ventures, CRV, Data Collective, and Quest Venture Partners,
with strategic investment from GV (formerly Google Ventures, a division
of Alphabet), Capital One Growth Ventures, and LINE Corporation. For
more information visit fauna.com
or follow us at @fauna.
Joe Volat, Milestone PR