Best practices to handle API outage

After recent outages of API, I was wondering how to handle it, in order to give our users advance warning that the service is not working or that there could be delays.

I am now thinking in the direction of making repeated calls to API, for example once every 3 minutes, and then write the status somewhere on my side. If it is ok, do nothing, if it is non-responsive for few attempts, show the notice.

Is this good direction to go in? It is there a smarter solution?

We use Azure OpenAI as fallback :+1:

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How are you checking if the OpenAI is available in order to switch to Azure? Or do you do it for every call?

There is already a unofficial status page.
You can use it as reference, or maybe even “as is”.


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