We are putting together a disaster recover scenario with are current configuration. We currently have vCenter Standard and Esxi 5.5 with four hosts (all on our main site). We have a main site and a disaster recovery site (just a SAN on the DR site). We are going to have all our VMs Replicate with vSphere Replication to the DR site. If everything on the Main site goes down (including vCenter):
1. Would it be possible to recover the VM's that were replicated to the DR site?
2. Can you spin up a new vSphere Replication appliance (with a host on the DR site) and attach it to a previous replication storage device? (without vCenter)
3. Does vSphere Replication have any type of compression or Duplication?
4. Could vSphere Replication replace our current VDP free version backups?