After upgrading to 2.9 I've noticed some odd stuff going on:
2) If I pull up any of the reports pages, there is a noticeable lag - this has been the case for several versions, however the externally facing website itself ws never impacted before. Now when I pull up the report pages, the entire site externally lags, and will not render until the report page has finished rendering. :(
So backing off to previous version for now...