The new dedicated server is about six times as “powerful” as the old, so hopefully such slowdowns will be in the past now (bring it on reddit… seriously, bring it on. I’m curious to see what the new machine can do). ;-) And, of course, this should also improve page load times even during non-peak times as well.
I don’t anticipate any downtime during the switch, but you never know. If you notice any problems after the switch (I’m also doing some upgrades to the site’s back end at the same time), let me know here. Thanks!