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Not sure if you made any progress on this outside of communities.
I don't know a lot about these things, someone else set it up at our site, but I do know that you can have different types of variable tables and variable databases.
For example the general $GLOBAL variable pool is a type INOUT, which means it's read\write.
We have some variable tables which are type INPUT, read only.
We also have COSMOS at our site, which uses table types of DBINPUT and DBTEMP. With DB type tables you can have multiple fields per record instead of just a name\value pair like with autoedits. A DBTEMP table is loaded to memory when Control-O is started and is reloaded after an IPL from a paired DBINPUT type table.