Citing a need to perform final stress testing, Oracle Corporation this week admitted that its upcoming Oracle 8i database would be delayed until February, which is about two months later than the product was expected.

"We're trying to get all the planets aligned around 8i. There are a few more dependencies than there were in the past,'' said Jeremy Burton, an Oracle VP. "Those extra dependencies pushed things out a little bit."

Burton says the database code itself is, in fact, "frozen and done."

Oracle 8i represents an interesting shift of strategy for the company as it attempts to move its products onto the Web. Oracle 8i includes an "Internet File System" and a feature called WebDB that allows users to access every feature of the database from a Web browser