I haven't talked about the downturn at all, because, well, a) it is just depressing, and b) there doesn't seem to be much point. However, I did see an interesting article over at Search Storage that mentions that backup is the last service likely to be touched or impacted negatively by spending cuts.
I guess that is good news for those of us that have specialized in the area. Anecdotally, I can vouch that I have been no less busy for the last couple of quarters than I have been in previous years during year end. If anybody has any experiences to share in that regard, please post up. It would be interesting to build a picture of our backup and recovery industry from participants that would show how much (or how little) the current economic slowdown is impacting us.