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Why do you think R is not easy to implement? My company has been using SAS for a long time and we are finally making the change to R. As far as OP's requirements are concerned, I think R is way superior to SAS or SPSS because of its free, modular nature. It is clean, simple and suitable for a wide range of users. The commercial packages are filled with way too much business lingo garbage for me.
I personally think commercial support is overrated. I can install software on my own. I know how to browse through manuals and other information to find what I need. For a package like R, I almost always get any questions answered in at most few hours on online forums. So what exactly do I get from commercial support for my money? But, if OP needs commercial support, there is an enterprise edition of R by Revolution Analytics located here: http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/products/revolution-enterprise.php. Might be worth looking into.
Bottom line: R all the way.
After you estimate speedup, do some rough calculations on the basis of average cost of a processor and the the number of processors required. This should give you an estimate of the hardware cost required. Compare that with the cost of CPU cycles per dollar you get using a cloud service such as Amazon.
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I know for a fact that at least one bank employs this in their high frequency trading group and probably all of them do.
Unless someone makes me understand the complexities underneath, I am going to assume that anyone can solve this problem by taking one course in Machine Learning.