Incoming traffic is load balanced equally across all Availability Zones enabled for your load balancer, so it is important to have approximately equivalent numbers of instances in each zone. For example, if you have ten instances in Availability Zone us-east-1a and two instances in us-east-1b, the traffic will still be equally distributed between the two Availability Zones. As a result, the two instances in us-east-1b will have to serve the same amount of traffic as the ten instances in us-east-1a. As a best practice, we recommend you keep an equivalent or nearly equivalent number of instances in each of your Availability Zones. So in the example, rather than having ten instances in us-east-1a and two in us-east-1b, you could distribute your instances so that you have six instances in each Availability Zone.