A stagger is a multi-fiber cable assembly (trunk or harness) that has connection point leg-lengths cut to precise, pre-built specifications with the intent to reduce slack.
Staggers can be custom-built to specific lengths for any switch, such as Arista, Brocade, Cisco, EMC, Dell, HPE, and Juniper.
This is what you want to avoid—no stagger and a big mess.
One look and you know that this is the better option.
"They work out great having them staggered so it reduces extra cable to have to manage. The most recent example of this is the horizontal panels we got for the SAN switches that extended the switch ports to a panel to keep the switch clean."
"I was pleasantly surprised as to how the patch cords had been labeled and built. I remember our conversation about finding a better way to label the patch panel and then I found that the modules were labeled 1-24 and 25-48. Woot! Loved it. Then as I began connecting the switch to the panel I noticed that the labels were numbered 1-36. Another woot! Saved me a lot of time and simplified my documentation."