B.F. wrote: I'm starting to wonder if we did just a straight full replication every time if it will be quicker than doing the merge process.
You cannot avoid the merge process.
You can reduce the snapshot consolidation time by integration with storage systems
(if you're running any supported storage for integration).
Or you can try to offload the datastore where this VM runs.
Also, I'd recommended you to retain more than 1 restore point for replication, in case of the RP corruption due to malware etc failover becomes unavailable.
Please review the existing discussion
you might find useful information there. Thanks!