I saw a recent interview with Michael Dell and one of his core focus is big data and another one is analytics. Splunk sounds like a good option especially given that it's one of very few companies out there before IBM snatches it up like some report said.
neither DWCH is run by a team that has been bought out twice already. First was Applix then Cognos. Now they run DWCH and will be sold soon for a BIG number based on all the insider BUYS not sells like SPLK just announced