We plan to create multiple long-lived, Moonbeam-based networks. Significantly, Moonbeam will be deployed to Kusama in addition to Polkadot.
Our approach will be to first deploy a release to TestNet, followed by KusamaNet, and finally to the Polkadot MainNet. Deploying in this way allows us to de-risk software upgrades to Moonbeam on the Polkadot MainNet while still maintaining a reasonable update velocity. We will add details on how to access different Moonbeam-based networks as the networks become available.
This is a network with nodes that are hosted by PureStake that is a precursor to our official TestNet. We expect the DevNet to be available in July 2020. The DevNet will allow developers to test the Ethereum compatibility features of Moonbeam without needing to run their own nodes or network. More details on the DevNet coming soon.
The TestNet will be the first Moonbeam network to include the collator community. It will provide a place where collators can test their setups in preparation for performing collation services on the Moonbeam KusamaNet and MainNet. It is also the place where new feature releases will be deployed first.
We will deploy Moonbeam as a parachain on the Kusama network in advance of deploying to the Polkadot MainNet (more details here). This requires parachain functionality to be live on Kusama. We plan to exercise parachain-related functionality such as IPO, XCMP, and SPREE on our KusamaNet as those features become available.
The Moonbeam production MainNet will be deployed as a parachain on Polkadot. This Moonbeam network will feature the highest levels of security and avaiability. Code running on the MainNet will generally have been vetted through one or more of the other networks listed above.