The same sentence as in question Articles in conjuctions:
As a result, hosting in IIS 5/6 is notorious for instability and the frequent need to reset the server or IIS 5/6.
As far as I understood from comments on my other questions, hosting requires no article because it's an activity. And I think that the word server follows the definite article because it's not just any server, but the one something has been hosted in. On the other hand, the result of something not being quoted here is sole, absolutely specific and given later in this sentence. However, the indefinite article is used in front of the word result. Could you explain why?
It would also be very cognitive to know why the definite article precedes the need.