# KUDO Compared to Other Tools

Deploying software to Kubernetes comes in a wide variety of forms, and knowing which is appropriate for your use case is important for long term success. In this section, we compare KUDO to a variety of different deployment paradigms:

Static Definition Formats approaches deployment in its most simple form - templated and untemplated YAML manifests, and evaluates tools in this space.

Infrastructure as Code explores the use of traditional IaC tooling, such as Ansible and Terraform, for Kubernetes application deployments.

Custom Controllers walks through SDKs and API clients used to build Kubernetes controllers directly.

High Level Controllers compares KUDO to similar tooling in its space, and explores the difference between these tools and declarative operator development.