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John Bordynuik Inc. (JBI) was incorporated on February 10, 2006. But for John Bordynuik, President and CEO of JBI, his dream business began long before that.
Bordynuik has spent his entire life learning everything there is to know about computer hardware and software. As a child, his preferred toys consisted of computer hardware donated to him from technology leaders like Honeywell, IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation. Along with these systems, he was given manuals, schematics and operations guides. He absorbed it all, relentless to learn, hungry for more.
As he grew up, Bordynuik continued to absorb and adapt the information he acquired. Drawn to Toronto, he delved into Research and Development for the Ontario Government and became the youngest person to ever work at Queen’s Park.
Bordynuik spent the next 10 learning about politics and business in the public sector. During this time, he traveled the continent, adding to the “big iron” collection he had begun in his youth. This extensive archive of original mainframes, super computers and tapes from the 1950s to the 1970s included a 1972 PDP11/35. While using this computer as a demonstrative tool on eBay, Bordynuik captured the attention of some of the computer industry’s major players.
Bordynuik found his niche, using Harvard tapes to design hardware and software to recover the "Holy Grail" of software, which had been lost by the founders of the largest software company in the world. He worked hard, applying his knowledge of analog and digital electronics and tape tribology, and was sought out by the founders of a number of other large corporations for restoration and recovery of their lost and damaged media.
In 2004, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discovered Bordynuik and asked him to try where so many others had failed before, by attempting to read more than two-dozen tons of tapes that had been recorded by the venerable institution between the 1960s and 1995.
When Bordynuik was asked to present his theories and processes to the key faculty at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), they were so impressed by his innovation and knowledge that they invited him to join their Math and Computation Group as a Collaborative Researcher.
Inspired by his success, Bordynuik came home to Niagara Falls, Ontario and incorporated John Bordynuik Inc.
NASA, who remains one of JBI’s most loyal clients, soon contracted JBI to recover valuable earth science sensor data that had been recorded from the 1960s to 2000. By recovering this previously unreadable data from the 7- and 9-track tapes on which it was stored, JBI also helped to solve a major scientific data storage problem for NASA. Bordynuik was able to successfully migrate the data from their reel-to-reel tapes to modern media, amalgamating 200,000 tapes onto one hard disk array. In 2008, NASA awarded JBI with sole-sourced status, meaning that NASA will only award its data recovery business to JBI in the future.
JBI maintains an ongoing relationship with both NASA and MIT, helping the institutions with all of their data recovery and management needs that arise. In the three years since its inception, JBI has built a strong reputation in legacy data recovery while also completing recovery projects for the United Nations (UN), the Ontario Provincial Government, and many other institutions and Fortune 100 companies and their founders.
JBI Corporate Headquarters, which includes a wealth of technology and experts, is housed in a 32,000-square-foot facility in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Our Administration, Sales & Marketing and Research & Development team occupies 3,000 square feet of space, while 5,000 square feet is allocated for prototype, assembly and data recovery. Production, shipping and receiving are managed in the remainder of our facility. .