Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has proven its reputation as a trailblazer in the industry anew
by being the first bank in the Philippines to run workloads on Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) AWS
Local Zones location in Manila, Philippines.
“This is a huge development in the AWS expansion in the Asian region and addresses response time
issues for mission critical applications that require low latency. This in turn allows service providers like
us to deliver digital solutions to our customers much better,” said Ryan Acosta, UnionBank’s Head for
Infrastructure and Service Management.
As the Philippines’ leading bank of innovation, UnionBank has been investing heavily in cloud-enabled
solutions as part of its continuous efforts to serve customers better. In fact, UnionBank was the first
major bank in the Philippines to be fully hosted in the cloud, completing its migration to AWS in 2022
and two weeks ahead of schedule.
The move to the cloud resulted in numerous improvements for the Bank’s various day-to-day
operations, including reduced IT costs , the elimination of downtime and system lags, and improved
backup and disaster recovery capabilities, just to name a few, in turn providing better services to
And now, with the recent launch of AWS Local Zones in the country, UnionBank further solidifies its first
mover status in the Philippine banking space while enabling more meaningful and relevant customer
experiences. This is in line with the Bank’s ‘Tech-Up’ Pilipinas advocacy that aims to empower Filipinos
and contribute to nation building through technology, innovation, and co-creation.
“True to its core value of innovation, UnionBank has once again become the first mover in this space,
leveraging cloud technology to bring even more value to our customers,” said Dennis Omila,
UnionBank’s Chief Technology and Operations Officer. “We have always been proud of being a company
of industry firsts, and I’m confident that with the AWS Local Zones location in Manila , we will be able to
do even more.”