Official Minecraft Servers: Minecraft Realms Now Available In North America
Mojang, the makers of Minecraft give the North American players now the opportunity too to get a private server. The service is called Minecraft Realms and is a subscription based server hosting plan that comes in 1, 3, or 6 month packages starting with $13 per month. The longer subscriptions will give you a discount.
The servers allow you to enjoy Minecraft together with friends or family members or in other word with up to 20 individuals. As a host you can invite people and remove people. There servers are up 24 hours a day. The game world is backed up in several intervals, so that you can restore the world in case something went wrong.
The Minecraft Realms service is available for many countries as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Åland Islands and now for the United States too.
See the official information here.