Avoiding hacks in 2019

Here at Practical Networks, one of our primary aims is to provide you and your business ongoing awareness and recommendation of the necessary cyber defences needed to attempt to stay ahead of cyber criminals. In this blog we’ll discuss how to stay protected, some of the main threats out there and how you should protect […](more)

What is IT MSP?

IT MSP? Another techy acronym or a cost saving addition to your business? Do you have employees wearing more than one hat? Are you on top of the latest IT developments to balance IT and business productivity? Have you planned for the future of your IT and kept up with the critical upgrades to ensure […](more)

Newsletter June 2018

Cybersmart is an automated compliance platform for Cyber Essentials. It provides you with ongoing protection via continuous security checks whilst safeguarding your organisation, employees and data. The entire process to achieve compliance to Cyber Essentials has been streamlined and can generally be completed in just 2 days(more)

Cybersmart Automated Compliance Service

Cyber Essential was developed by GCHQ, IASME and ISF as a baseline cyber security initiative and has the highest rate of adoption of any other security standard since April 2014. Lancaster University have said that 99.3% of cyber-attacks were mitigated by SME’s using Cyber Essential’s. Cyber Essentials is becoming the prerequisite for SME’s and larger […](more)

Cyber Essentials Practitioner Award

All of this early spring sunshine has lifted our spirits once again and we are very proud to announce that we have received our Certificate of Compliance with Cyber Essentials. Not only did we achieve success with compliance but we also achieved the additional qualification as one of only 3, QC, Cyber Essentials Practitioners based […](more)

Hosted Cloud IP Telephony Services for VoIP

Practical Networks Ltd are delighted to announce that we are now able to offer Hosted Cloud IP telephony, to both new and existing customers. Our Cloud-based managed IP telephony service is a hosted VoIP service designed specifically for businesses The Cloud-based design of our hosted IP telephony service provides everything that you would normally expect […](more)

Why Should I Use CCTV To View My Business?

We are constantly being told that security is key across all walks of life and we need to protect the safety and possessions of all individuals. Your home and your business premises are built to provide homeowners and companies with protection against the weather. They are furnished and decorated to provide comfort; IT and machinery […](more)

Which New Laws Are On Their Way

The digital world is changing and it is being driven by data. People are starting to be concerned that their personal data will be used inappropriately or even without their knowledge. In this new episode of the digital revolution we need to balance our data services whilst protecting privacy. A decade ago we lived in […](more)

Is Your Structured Cabling Up To Speed?

As we all know too well, technology does not stand still. Manufacturers of data and voice over IP ( VOIP) network servers and switches are trying to make their hardware deliver faster speeds with almost every upgrade of their products, so choosing the right cabling infrastructure is vital even if you are a small accountants […](more)

DELL EMC Gold Partner Accreditation – 2018

Practical Networks have partnered with DELL (now DELL EMC) since our company started in 2001 and the partnership has grown from strength to strength over the years. We are recognised as one of the leading DELL EMC partners in the northern UK region and our contribution and expertise with DELL products and services was further […](more)

The 3-2-1 Backup Rule

2017 was definitely the year for ransom-ware attacks and the WannaCry and NotPetya malware mass infections brought this to the forefront of public attention. Now we’re firmly into 2018, we don’t expect the threats to cease, in fact there are some rumours companies are stockpiling crypto-currency ready to pay if their data is lost.  If […](more)

GDPR Compliance Service

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now replaced the legacy Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. This new regulation was approved by the European Parliament on April 14, 2016 and came into effect on the 25 May 2018, As it’s now law you need to protect your accessible data. The government has confirmed that the UK’s […](more)


Wireless Case Study – Hungate Cottages

Trip Advisor reviews improve for rural holiday accommodation thanks to wireless solution from Practical Networks(more)

Virtualisation Case Study – Gateshead College

With 300 virtual machines on 14 physical servers means 80% savings in power usage alone. Uptime is raised to approximately 98% with improved reliability and business continuity is now proven rather than desired.(more)

Telephony Case Study – Lloyd Dowson – Chartered Accountants

Cisco Contact Center has streamlined call-flow and improved call handling and agent efficiency as well as providing all the performance reports to ensure client calls are getting answered quickly.(more)

Support Services Case Study – Cooplands Bakery

The IT in place at Coopland’s is now helping to drive the company forward rather than holding it back. Coopland’s have been a happy customer and a fantastic client for over 5 years.(more)

Disaster Recovery Case Study – Yorkshire Coast Homes

As Yorkshire Coast Homes were predominantly virtual we recommended implementation of Veeam Backup & Replication to fully compliment the internal infrastructure.(more)

Cloud Services Case Study – Flower of May Holiday Parks

Email services were migrated by Practical Networks to Office 365 and Mimecast very quickly and efficiently with no interruption to communication or business flow.(more)


Wireless Practical Networks

As experts in the design, installation and maintenance of Wireless LANs; we provide secure wireless networks specifically designed around the demands of your business. Mobile devices and BYOD initiatives are ever increasing in the modern workplace, school or college.  Practical Networks fully understand that having a wireless network that performs well and meets your demands is […](more)


Virtualisation Practical Networks

Practical Networks is a certified VMware Enterprise Solution Partner with Infrastructure; Desktop and Academic specialisations.  We will deliver your organisation cost-effective and resilient virtualisation solutions from the leading suppliers. Virtualisation can greatly increase IT agility, flexibility and scalability while creating significant cost savings.  Moving to a virtual infrastructure – be it Server, Desktop or Application – your […](more)


Telephony Practical Networks

Unified Communications is the integration of real-time, enterprise, communication services such as Instant Messaging and Presence information, Voice (including IP telephony), mobility features (including extension mobility and single number reach), Voicemail and video conferencing. Practical Networks is highly experienced in the design, implementation and support of Cisco Unified Communications and Collaboration systems from small, under 25 seat BE6000S […](more)

Support Services

IT Support Practical Networks

IT impacts our daily life, maintaining systems & troubleshooting is something we take in our stride here at Practical Networks.  Technology is now critical to almost every modern business. It is your launch pad for driving sales, achieving success and overall improving the way your business works.  In order to get the most out of your IT investment, you need […](more)